Ranked #2 of 31 attractions in Fredericksburg
Category: Architectural Buildings; Art Museums; Historic Sites; Gardens
Gari Melchers was an American artist who lived and painted at Belmont from 1916 until his death in 1932. Born in Detroit in...
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 which is open daily 9 am – 5 pm.