Gari Melchers Home and Studio, Falmouth

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#59 of 258 in Historic Sites in Virginia
Must see · Art Museum · Historic Site
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Gari Melchers Home and Studio, also known as Belmont, is a National Historic Landmark and historic house museum at 224 Washington Street in Falmouth, Virginia. This much-altered 18th-century house was the home and studio of the popular American artist Gari Melchers (1860–1932) from 1916 until his death. It was given to the state of Virginia by his widow, and is now administered by the University of Mary Washington. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965, commemorating Melchers' influential role in bringing American art to European attention.
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  • This is a wonderful spot for a pandemic afternoon get away. Located half-way between DC and Richmond, just off I-95. The home and studio are both very interesting and the experience is greatly... 
    This is a wonderful spot for a pandemic afternoon get away. Located half-way between DC and Richmond, just off I-95. The home and studio are both very interesting and the experience is greatly...  more »
  • So glad we went. Beautiful art, home and grounds. Great stories told by very knowledgeable docents. This is a wonderful historical attraction to experience! 
    So glad we went. Beautiful art, home and grounds. Great stories told by very knowledgeable docents. This is a wonderful historical attraction to experience!  more »
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  • 3/22-I’ve toured the home, the studio, and have been to events in the pavilion. All have been wonderful, but today I showed up for the Guided Woodland Hike. It is free and led by volunteer Virginia Master Naturalists and is held every last Sunday of the month. Check their website for confirmation. We had three volunteers that led a group of about 10 participants along the wooded trails. They filled us in on some history of the property, of which they were very knowledgeable, and pointed out plants, flowers and trees, animal tracks, the gravesites, pump house, natural springs and the water system designed for the home. They discussed native and invasive species as well as the transition of the forest as it moves from pines and cedars to mature hardwoods. The river is a beautiful part of the hike with a site of one of Gari Melcher’s paintings. This time of year is great for sightings of Bald Eagles, Hawks and Osprey. Plenty of wildflowers in the woods and manicured gardens by the house. The gift shop is impressive too!
  • History is trapped in this place. If that tree could speak it would tell stories of war, love, and peace experienced by masters, slaves, soldier and citizen.

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