Inspired by the revivalist spirit of their day, Gari and Corinne Melchers aimed to enhance the colonial air of their storied property, further developing the immediate lawns around the house with old fashioned box parterres, perennial gardens, a vegetable garden, a fruit orchard. Today, old cow-paths to the river serve as a few miles of walking trails. The mid-19th century horseshoe-shaped staircase at the front elevation of the house, highly admired for its decorative beauty and combination of wrought and cast iron work, must have been a source of great pride for the couple who photographed it often. They further embellished the grounds with a handsome summer house, picturesque farm buildings, and gates, stone walls, and sculpture. They raised turkeys, often the centerpiece of holiday meals, and featured ice cream at many events, made from the milk provided by their Guernsey cows.
Read about the many Eagle Scout projects that have been completed at Belmont.