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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, Historic Sites, Art Museums, Gardens, Cultural
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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.
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

I have been on numerous house tours, but this one was different. This one is of Gari Melcher, a painter who did many fascinating paintings. If you love art, you will love this place. The house and gardens are great also.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

We walked the grounds (they were preparing for a wedding so could not go in some of the places). What a beautiful place! The house is amazing, the grounds are gorgeous. It was a beautiful autumn day, exactly what a place like this house and grounds are meant to showcase. You will love it!

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Richmond, Virginia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Who knew we had such a famous artist who lived in the area? The place is wonderful to check out however our guide was just so-so. The house and studio were amazing and made it worth the trip and the cost. I would not recommend taking the nature trail unless you are really light on your feet. They are very... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Very nice place and good tour. You get a good sense of life of a well-off artist in the 20-40s...but still be intriqued to learn more. It is a well maintained property and quite nice walks around. Some nice paintings which made you think about how he was considered at his time and now.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Gari Melchers is an overlooked American artist whose major works will be recognized and whose previously unseen pieces will astound! All showcased in his lovely home and studio. Definitely should be a "Must See" on your Fredericksburg visit list.

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

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

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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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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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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