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Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont

224 Washington St, Falmouth, VA 22405-2360
+1 540-654-1015
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Wish I could give MORE than FIVE STARS!

This is a "YOU CAN'T MISS THIS!" attraction! Even if you aren't that in to art - the history... read more

Reviewed March 27, 2017
Pat B
Surry, Virginia
a must for artists and art lovers

aside from his realist/impressionist style Gari Melchers was a force in American art including his... read more

Reviewed February 18, 2017
Karen J
Chesapeake, Virginia, United States
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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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  • Very good20%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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224 Washington St, Falmouth, VA 22405-2360

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Reviewed March 27, 2017

This is a "YOU CAN'T MISS THIS!" attraction! Even if you aren't that in to art - the history, beauty of the home and grounds are worth experiencing. But, if you are an artist or just an art lover (like me) you will definitely enjoy...More

Thank Pat B
Michelle D, Public Relations Manager at Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont, responded to this reviewResponded May 19, 2017

Wow, thanks for the glowing review! We hope you'll visit again soon.

Reviewed February 18, 2017

aside from his realist/impressionist style Gari Melchers was a force in American art including his participation as an art leader in the US and helping the Smithsonian land some great collections - I loathe anything historical but was fascinated by the life of Gari and...More

Thank Karen J
Reviewed December 16, 2016

Well worth your time to visit this gem overlooking the Rappahanock River. A very interesting story to be learned. Beautiful paintings in the gallery and wonderful grounds. This is is a true "find". The house tour is terrific as well.

Thank USMCMac
Reviewed November 17, 2016

Our initial reason for visiting Belmont was to tour a historic home. Quite frankly, we knew nothing of Gari Melchers or his art. We were able to spend a lovely autumn afternoon on premises. A 15-minute movie in the admission/ gift shop building gives a...More

Thank WasOnce
Reviewed November 7, 2016

Genuinely Enjoyed the Tour of Gari Melchers Home , Art Gallery , and Artist Studio. The Staff were Informative and did a super Job exposing you to The World of Melchers Art. Well Worth a Visit. Stop By and Spend about 2 Hrs. or So....More

Thank Michael S
Reviewed October 31, 2016

Great activity when you're in the area. The tour of the house is interesting and informative, then there's the studio with Gari's art, and some hiking trails and a garden around the area. Very happy we came. We spent about 2 hours here.

Thank lauren8181
Reviewed October 28, 2016

I'm so very glad I made this visit. I arrived at a slow time, since tourist season is basically over. I was the only one there and I was treated exceptionally well. Gari Melchers was the most famous American portrait painter of his time -...More

Thank Dawn M
Michelle D, Public Relations Manager at Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont, responded to this reviewResponded May 19, 2017

What a wonderful description of your visit to our site. Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review.

Reviewed October 18, 2016

Charming home in a beautiful garden. Warm, inviting and the studio provides a perfect backdrop for his large paintings.

Thank Twirly14
Reviewed October 3, 2016

Touring the Belmont Estate was a beautiful experience. The grounds and house are beautiful but the star is the Gari Melcher Studios which are full of his beautiful art. A must see for art lovers

Thank glh98059
Reviewed September 27, 2016

Loved this place..Went there for the first time...The art is wonderful and the grounds are spectacular...The tour guides are knowledgeable. It's a must see if your in town!!!

Thank Brenda L
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Response from VirginiaVille | Reviewed this property |
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