Corinne Melchers: Reluctant Artist

Corinne Melchers, circa 1903 Our benefactress, Corinne Melchers, remains somewhat of an enigma today. Did you know she was a painter? While her surviving letters tell us about her daily activities, they fail to answer some of our more penetrating quest …

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Gari Melchers’ Use of Photography

Gari Melchers was a painter in oil, watercolor and pastel. While some explored the possibilities of photography as an art form, the technology held little attraction for him other than how it might save him time and expense. Preliminary photographic re …

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The Early Modern Masterpiece That Might Have Been Ours

  When the National Gallery of Art opened the exhibition Degas at the Races in 1998, Peter Stroh, Gari Melchers’ great nephew, got to wondering if his uncle’s Degas painting would be included in the display. He wrote me to inquire about what I mig …

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The Painting That Keeps On Giving

The creation of a work of art, just as with music or poetry, begins with the germ of an idea or a sudden inspiration, suggested by, say, the flash of a girl’s smile or the wind whispering in the trees. The painter is quick to express his first response …

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Garden in Bloom

Although our site is currently closed during the COVID-19 crisis, our garden manager, Jody Wilken, shares what’s blooming in our spring garden. Species tulip, old variety’Wallflower”Yoshino’ close up’Yoshino’ Cherry TreesLoads of Daffys’Money Plant”G …

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Barn yard restoration efforts continue

The barnyard restoration efforts moved forward recently with the installation of the restored gate and replicated fence running between the stable and cow barn. The fence is a replica of a surviving section of Melchers period fencing.  It is tight to t …

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Falmouth Bridge

This article originally appeared in the March 2016 Stafford County Historical Society newsletter and is shared here on our blog with the author’s permission. The Falmouth Bridge is of particular interest to us because Joseph B. Ficklen owned Belmont. A …

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Gates with a Story

There’s long been anecdotal evidence suggesting that Belmont’s studio and lower pasture gates originated from the grand 1834 house “Smithsonia,” located at the corner of Charles and Amelia streets in downtown Fredericksburg, Virginia.

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Forty Years on the Hill

MWC president Prince Woodard giving remarks at Belmont’s opening day on Oct. 19, 1975. Director Dick Reid is sitting. On October 19, 1975, Mary Washington College President Prince Woodard presided over the public opening of the Gari Melchers Memorial G …

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Historic Workers’ Cottage and Landscape Saved in Falmouth, Virginia

On November 9, 2014, staff at Gari Melchers Home & Studio first opened the doors of a small vernacular building to the public, an event marking many years of dedicated work.1 Located next to Belmont, in Falmouth Virginia, and known locally as “Fann …

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