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Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont

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224 Washington St, Falmouth, VA 22405-2360
+1 540-654-1015
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Visited Gari Melchers home and studio in Fredericksburg, VA. Once a year there is free admission... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
ITRT
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Virginia
Beautiful place to visit

The house and paintings are beautiful and our guide was informative and fun. She really took her... read more

Reviewed April 11, 2018
MJ67890
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Rochester, New York
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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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224 Washington St, Falmouth, VA 22405-2360
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited Gari Melchers home and studio in Fredericksburg, VA. Once a year there is free admission and many people took advantage of this. The house and studio overlook the Rappahannock River. The home and property is known as “Belmont”. A docent greeted me and provided...More

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Reviewed April 11, 2018

The house and paintings are beautiful and our guide was informative and fun. She really took her time with the tour. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and learned about an artist we had never heard of.

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Reviewed December 2, 2017 via mobile

I've been here twice before over the years and really love this place. The main house, the studio, the docents, and the grounds are all really fantastic. I recommend visiting in this order....watch the video in the visitor's center, then take the house tour, then...More

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Reviewed November 24, 2017 via mobile

A really wonderful place to visit. Lots to see and the gift shop has lots of items available for purchase. The docents were very knowledgeable about all of the paintings and other things. The tour of the house was well worth the time. Plan to...More

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Reviewed November 19, 2017 via mobile

Guided tour of the home by a wonderful docent, Linda. The art work and furnishings are as left by the Melchers. The grounds consist of picturesque walks and gardens. Melchers studio contains more of his paintings as well as his father's sculpture. The remainder of...More

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GariandCorinne, Public Relations Manager at Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont, responded to this reviewResponded November 21, 2017

Thank you for your review, and we're glad you enjoyed your visit. Hope to see you again soon! Best, Michelle

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Reviewed July 11, 2017

A perfect day at Belmont and can,t wait to return and bring our friends. Thank you for sharing. We had not heard of gari melchers before.

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Reviewed May 29, 2017

A lovely property to visit. Have to admit that we visited because we're interested in old homes, but we also enjoyed learning about the artist and seeing his work. The staff was very knowledgeable and friendly. We were glad we visited.

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Reviewed May 21, 2017

This is a wonderful spot. The house is very well preserved and you could move right in and enjoy it today. The guides were great and had some interesting stories to tell. Well worth the stop.

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Reviewed April 26, 2017

My friend and I visited this wonderful attraction. The guides were all great. The stories told are interesting. There is a building that is also an art gallery. The exhibits there are not just older work, but more modern artists, too (they even had a...More

Thank Ilene R
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Reviewed April 26, 2017

Nice change from civil war historical sites. Many of his original paintings are shown here; the paintings typically are of everyday peasant activities, portraits and landscapes - Easy to appreciate and beautiful. His home is also interesting, and is decorated just as he lived there....More

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Michelle D, Public Relations Manager at Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2017

Thanks for visiting and taking advantage of our region's Timeless Ticket!

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demejo825
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I concur that it is fine to do both in the same day, though I'd also agree that you don't want to shortchange your experience at Belmont. I brought a group of seniors to Belmont, so here are a couple things you might find... More
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