Come, Explore Creativity
Welcome to Belmont, home of American artist Gari Melchers and his wife Corinne. This 27-acre estate features the historic home, art studio and galleries, tours, gardens, historic buildings and several miles of walking trails.
Belmont is home to a wide variety of events scheduled throughout the year.
Life’s biggest moments are worth celebrating. Whether a lively reception, seated dinner, or corporate retreat, your unforgettable occasion begins at Gari Melchers Home & Studio.
The stunning venue sits on 27 acres of land situated on a ridge overlooking the Rappahannock River. The intimate space offers floor to ceiling windows and opens onto a charming garden terrace.
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The Museum Shop at Belmont is the official home of the Stafford County Visitor Center, where visitors can find information about Stafford County attractions, restaurants, hotels and other amenities.
“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 and well informed – this stop was the highlight of a day spent in and around Fredericksburg for me!”
— Pat B., Tripadvisor
“My husband and I are on a three week of the southern states … we come from London, have travelled extensively- loving history and art especially. Finding Belmont was a dream come true. We fell in love with the mansion and gardens. But most of all we discovered a wonderful artist … Gari Melchers. His work is extraordinary and I really hope he has an exhibition in London!! I shall be spreading the word…”
— @largogoldoni, Tripadvisor
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 Melchers’ 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!” Preston, Google My Business
“Gari Melchers Home and Studio was much more than anticipated! Wonderful history of the artist Gari Melchers along with many of his fantastic paintings. The studio is huge and has so many beautiful pieces of art. The mansion is lovely and is complete with all of the original furnishings: china, furniture, paintings, and personal possessions. The gardens are spectacular with many old roses from that time period. A great view of the Rappahannock River can be seen from the gazebo. One of the most interesting historical sites we have been to!” Suzanne, Google My Business