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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: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
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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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14 reviews 14 reviews
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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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md
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

I had not heard of Gari Melcher as an artist and had a wonderful experience at the home and studio. The setting is exquisite (beautiful weather never hurts). There were many helpful (sometimes overly so) docents. The house, studio, and gardens were wonderful. I really enjoyed Melcher's art as well as the art he had collected in his lifetime. It... More

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Paradise Valley, Arizona, United States
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Video, gift shop , gardens and tour of home make for an enjoyable visit. Knowledgable and friendly docents describe all of the original furnishings and art.

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Petersburg, Virginia
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63 reviews 63 reviews
43 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Visited Belmont on a day trip to Fredericksburg May 23. Everyone encountered was warm and welcoming. I went because I had heard the grounds were nice. I was not familiar with Gari Melchers. What a treat! Wonderful to experience the light coming through the studio windows. Very nice exhibit of his art throughout. The house tour was interesting. The grounds... More

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Culpeper
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

was not really aware of melcher's art before visiting, and found his paintings to be dull and lifeless floating between realistic and semi-impressionistic, not my style

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

Thank you for taking time to review our site. You input is important to us. I’m sorry Gari Melchers’ art isn’t to your liking. People’s taste regarding art can differ greatly. Mr. Melchers himself was not overly fond of the 1930s emerging “modern art” scene. I do hope you were able to take advantage of our historic house tour, stroll... More

Royersford, Pennsylvania
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014 via mobile

Seeing the quality of his work we were surprised we had never heard of Gari Melchers before. We were looking up things to do while we were in the area for the Civil War 150th anniversary reenactments. We enjoy tours of old houses and art museums so this was perfect for us. Loved his paintings in his studio and gallery.... More

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

So glad you decided to visit Belmont during your stay in Fredericksburg. Next time bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds! More

Fredericksburg, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Lots of history here in this hidden house. The views outside are amazing and unexpected. This is very nice place to visit and will hold a child's interest. The paintings are stunning. Enjoy

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Fredericksburg
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Lovely home to enjoy viewing and learning its history. Nice garden walk, Good view of the Rappahannock River. Beautyful paintings in the studio by Gary Melcher.

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