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Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont

224 Washington St, Falmouth, Fredericksburg, VA 22405
540-654-1015
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Art Museums, Historic Sites, Gardens
Owner description: Gari Melchers was an American artist who lived and painted at Belmont from 1916 until his death in 1932. Born in Detroit in 1860, Gari Melchers was a... more » Owner description: Gari Melchers was an American artist who lived and painted at Belmont from 1916 until his death in 1932. Born in Detroit in 1860, Gari Melchers was a world famous portraitist and impressionist painter. He was headquartered in Paris, Holland, and Germany until World War I when he opened his studio in New York City and established his country home in Falmouth.In 1955, his widow, Corinne Melchers, donated the 27-acre Belmont property to the Commonwealth of Virginia to preserve and operate as an art museum and historic site. Her generous gift included the 1790s house, the artist's studio and contents, their personal furnishings, and more than 500 of Gari Melchers' paintings, the largest collection anywhere. Designated a Virginia and National Historic Landmark in 1966, Gari Melchers Home and Studio is administered by the University of Mary Washington. The buildings, gardens, and woodland trails are open to the public year round.Gari Melchers Home and Studio is one of just 30 of America's most significant artists' spaces included in the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Historic Artists' Homes and Studios consortium.Gari Melchers Home and Studio is home to the official Stafford County Visitor Center. « less
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

I have lived in F-burg for over 72 years. My out-of-town guests love to visit Belmont. Lovely house, studio, beautiful walking trails and gardens. Also have a fantastic gift shop.You will not be disappointed with your visit.

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Annandale, Virginia, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

I came here for a meeting this visit, but I came once before a couple years ago just as a tourist. Both times I was impressed by the loveliness of the place and careful maintenance of the buildings and grounds. The Pavilion is a great choice for meetings/gatherings. Melchers was a very talented artist and his home and studio are... More

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Georgia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

We visited the welcome center by accident just because the place was so beautiful and ended up taking family pictures here! Amazing gardens! The buildings are all beautiful! It is worth visiting!

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Manassas, Virginia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Great tour guide. Saw many paintings done by Gari Melchers. Beautiful estate. Attractive short hiking trails.

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Bridgend, Wales, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Having never heard of Garri Melcher it was a great experience. Personally, we preferred his earlier work and it was all so well laid out throughout the home and particularly his studio. The enthusiastic volunteers made the visit the more enoyable.

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Lake Anna, VA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Gari Melcher's home and estate is a favorite when we have out of town visitors. It is really beautiful!

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Pittsburgh PA
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

While we are not real big on Art we did take the tour to the Home and Studio. It was one of the stops on the Timeless Ticket. It is a beautiful home and the art work that fills the home by Gari Melcher and friends were very interesting. The tour tells you the history about some of the art... More

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Bradenton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Gari Melchers Home and Studio is a rare find. The home is beautiful and the gardens are fantastic! The studio is full of history and beautiful paintings. As "locals", we visit once a year or so, but always put this on our schedule when we have visitors from out of town. This is a real "gem"!

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Chesapeake, VA
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

If you love art, beautiful homes, well-maintained gardens and quiet elegance, you will enjoy your visit to this home. Gari Melcher's artwork along with many other famous artists fill this home and his studio. Mrs. Melcher many antiques fill their home that is just as they lived in it. Walk through the gardens and enjoy the quiet away from the... More

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Havre de Grace, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

I have been to Belmont a few times since I went to college in town. I also attended a friends' wedding many years ago. This time I brought my entire family. My kids enjoyed the house tour and the art gallery. The staff had scavenger hunts for the kids to find features. If we weren't going home that day we... More

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