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Address: 224 Washington St, Falmouth, Fredericksburg, VA 22405
Phone Number: +1 540-654-1015
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Description: Gari Melchers was an American artist who lived and painted at Belmont from...
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.
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Delightful Surprise

We picked this attraction because of Trip Advisor reviews, but were delightfully surprised. The house was a fascinating frozen moment in time, but the surprise was the quality of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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Great Falls, Virginia
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Great Falls, Virginia
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48 reviews 48 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

We picked this attraction because of Trip Advisor reviews, but were delightfully surprised. The house was a fascinating frozen moment in time, but the surprise was the quality of the art made very real and interesting by the extremely helpful and knowledgeable staff. We would definitely recommend a visit.

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Stafford, Virginia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I have taken the official tour of the house and studio twice. Interesting history and attractive art. To be honest, my favorite visit is with my dog strolling through the gardens. I am sure to send Belmont donations on occasion because I appreciate that they welcome well behaved leashed dogs.

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34 reviews 34 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

Stopped in at the end of the day and was pleasantly surprised. Wish we had more time to explore. We had not heard of Gari Melcher and now I feel as if I should have. The art work was amazing and the home and grounds were even better. Do not miss this even if you are not into art. The... More 

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Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Absolutely loved the entire place and cannot wait to go back. The guides were all VERY knowledgeable and gracious. A lovely Sunday afternoon!

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Onancock, Virginia
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

What an interesting attraction! Belmont is the former residence of the American figure painter, Gari Melchers (1860-1932). The museum consists of the artist's home, gardens, the studio, and galleries. This landmarked 18th-century estate and studio are decorated with the late painter's personal artwork, collected paintings of other artists, and lovely antiques, including numerous Dutch pieces. The Melchers who had no... More 

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Spotsylvania, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

When Gari Melchers and his wife passed away, they left their home, intact with all of its furniture, art and other memorabilia to the local University of Mary Washington which overseas the current operation. Visitors are taken through the house and grounds by volunteers who tell the story of the Melchers and their lives not only in Fredericksburg (summers mainly)... More 

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virginia
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117 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

We had not been to Belmont for over 5 years. Tour guide was very good. House is a circa 1900 artist residence full of paintings and many Dutch furniture pieces. Studio includes artist tools of the trade and a wide range of Melchers art. Estate sits on a magnificent hill overlooking the river. Probably prettiest in spring or summer, but... More 

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Nebraska
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

This home is in Falmouth which is accross the river from Fredericksburg. It was built in the late 1700s and is beautifully maintained. It was the home of Geri Melchers who was a famous American Painter. The home and grounds are beautifully maintained. The view of the Rappahannock river from this breathtaking. We have visited this home in all seasons... More 

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Orange County CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

This historic site has excellent guides who are dedicated to making the charmed life of Gari Melcher come to life. Gari Melcher was a distinguished New York portrait painter who commanded up to $50,000 per portrait. He preferred his beautiful home and studio in Belmont to living in New York and was able to achieve financial success and a rural... More 

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Michelle D, Public Relations Manager at Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont, responded to this review

Thanks so much for visiting! Our guides love what they do. We're thrilled you enjoyed your tour. Come again! More 

Jacksonville, Illinois, United States
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

The art, architecture, and history here is amazing. The house has some free days and coupons available, so I do recommend trying to schedule your visit for that, but if you can't be there for a free day, then it is still well worth it. I have been there many times since I was very young.

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