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Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont

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Address: 224 Washington St, Falmouth, VA 22405-2360
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+1 540-654-1015
10:00 - 17:00
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Thu - Tue 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Gari Melchers was an American artist who lived and painted at Belmont from...

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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Worldly artist in Falmouth

Amazing that one of the worlds most premier artist of his time, with a studio in NYC, ended up with a country house just across the river from Fredericksburg. Interesting house... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Heather F
Westford, Massachusetts
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Westford, Massachusetts
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36 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing that one of the worlds most premier artist of his time, with a studio in NYC, ended up with a country house just across the river from Fredericksburg. Interesting house and gardens with trails in the woods. Amazing that the melchers left their property to the State with their furnishings. This is something a little different than all the... More 

Thank Heather F
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful garden with many sorts of flowers local to Virginia. The house is filled with artworks from Gary Melcher. A must see!

Thank ivosphere
Surry, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 spending some significant time at the Gari Melchers Home and Studio. Staff were very engaging... More 

Thank Pat B
Chesapeake, Virginia, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 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 Corrine. the house and studio are accessible and totally not overwhelming, so this is a... More 

Thank Karen J
Stafford, Virginia
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 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
Bucks County, Pennsylvania
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162 reviews
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Reviewed 17 November 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 basic introduction to the man and his art, providing a nice context for the house... More 

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Jackson, Wyoming
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 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. Enjoy !

Thank Michael S
new york
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Reviewed 31 October 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
Vienna, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 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 - roughly the late 1800's to early 1900's. His paintings go well beyond portraiture though. Touring... More 

Thank Dawn M
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

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

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