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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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A magical place

I hope I can be forgiven for sounding like a travel reviewer, but if you haven't seen this site... read more

Reviewed April 25, 2016
Scott H
Fredericksburg, Virginia
Beautiful location

The home was very nice, but his studio was awesome. I could see why he liked to work there. The... read more

Reviewed April 21, 2016
Doreen G
Allentown, Pennsylvania
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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
+1 540-654-1015

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Reviewed April 25, 2016

I hope I can be forgiven for sounding like a travel reviewer, but if you haven't seen this site, you are missing out. My wife and I have been there several times over the last decade and each time is spectacular. Of course, my favorite...More

Thank Scott H
Reviewed April 21, 2016

The home was very nice, but his studio was awesome. I could see why he liked to work there. The grounds were very pretty, there are several out buildings that were interesting.

Thank Doreen G
Reviewed April 19, 2016

I did not hear of his name until our trip to Fredericksburg. His artwork is amazing and the transitions through time. The studio was in transition so only the main room had displays. The home was furnished of the period and the guide provided details...More

Thank Marathon59
Reviewed April 18, 2016

This house is beautiful. Overlooking the Rappahannock, the gorgeous Belmont House boasts exquisite gardens and all the beauties nature has to offer. My girlfriend and I were delighted by our visit, until we were about to leave through the gift shop. As we were leaving...More

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Michelle D, Public Relations Manager at Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont, responded to this reviewResponded April 29, 2016

We too were equally aghast to learn about what you overheard at our property. Please accept our sincere apologies for the deep offense you experienced, and be assured that the narrowmindedness of one does not reflect the values of a whole, for we certainly do...More

Reviewed February 23, 2016

We stepped back in time ... if you love art and you love history, and beautiful grounds, this is a tour for you!

Thank Danielle D
Reviewed February 15, 2016

Belmont was nice on a cold wintery day. I would like to come by in the spring or summer just to see the gardens. The guides are very knowledgeable and explained what the wonderful movie did not. The 200 year house is exactly as it...More

Thank Stefan L
Reviewed February 15, 2016 via mobile

I went in the spring to view the gardens. There are beautiful walking trails on the property as well as lovely spots to sit and contemplate nature.

Thank RhondaRoams
Reviewed February 12, 2016 via mobile

This was an absolutely delightful visit. Everything was just right. We learned about this amazingly talented artist, Gari Melchers. The home he shared with his wife, Corrine, is one of the finest historic houses we have ever seen. It is furnished with original pieces and...More

Thank raymond s
Reviewed January 21, 2016

If in or near Fredericksburg, VA stop here-- it is well worth your time and energy. I'd never heard of Melcher, but he is a very interesting artist. The entrance fee includes access to his estate-- which includes his home and studio. I thoroughly enjoyed...More

Thank Peace500
Reviewed January 18, 2016

We took a taxi from the end of Caroline Street close to the train Station but strangely the 2 taxi drivers we inquired with to take us there had never heard of Gari Melcher or his Belmont home. One of them called another taxi driver...More

Thank The_Concierge_8
Michelle D, Public Relations Manager at Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont, responded to this reviewResponded January 19, 2016

Wow, thank you so much for the heads up on the taxi drivers. We will certainly think of ways to reach out to the drivers and educate them about some of the tourist attractions "across the river." I'm glad you enjoyed your tour and appreciate...More

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April 7, 2016|
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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