Drink in the Creativity

On Thursday, August 20th, PB Mares, a regional accounting and business consulting firm, held a retreat for its administrative staff. In the morning they had a conference and after lunch, they decided to do a Wine & Design event. This is the first o …

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Cow Barn Restoration Completed

The restoration of the exterior of the Melchers’s cow barn was completed this summer. Habalis Construction was the general contractor on the project which included straightening of the roof ridge, repairs to the old metal roof, replacement siding where …

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Beyond Stairs and Stanchions

Our 1790s historic house museum is fairly typical in not having an elevator to access its upper levels.  For years, guests who opted out of climbing sixteen stairs to reach the second floor were given a printed tour with pictures and descriptions to pe …

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Restored Period Planters Return to Belmont Garden

The restoration of the gardens at Belmont is an ongoing adventure and the latest undertaking focused on restoration of five planters that belonged to Gari and Corinne Melchers. Dave Ludeker, Belmont’s Maintenance Manager, restored and painted the woode …

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Group Tours & So Much More!

Can you think of a better way to enjoy time with friends than with a tour of Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont? Often described as a hidden gem, our site has something for everyone ─ antiques, art, history, gardens, and a beautiful museum shop. …

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Tulips, Mimosas, & the Bride-to-Be

The coral, white, and gold themed bridal shower held recently in the pavilion reminded everyone that spring is officially here! The florist (also the maid of honor) laid tulips on each guest’s table setting to go along with the spring theme. The bride- …

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A Plein Air Artist’s Paradise

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtP97L6vczk Artists of all types and ages are encouraged to use Belmont as the backdrop for their artistic pursuits. Gari Melchers enjoyed plein air painting his entire career.  Of special note to us are the pictures …

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Back in the Day

“Back in the day” Belmont in September was a lively place, lively in the sense of human activity as well as the emerging splendor of autumn.   According to Corinne Melchers’ diary of the 1920s, the flurry of harvest time labors included canning tomatoe …

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Belmont’s Water Supply

The trails that go through the woods at Belmont take our visitors to remnants of historic artifacts from by-gone times. The sites include among other things a Ficklen period grave site, springs, an ice-pond dam and remnants of the canals that once powe …

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Looming Yankees: The Union Army Hovers Opposite Fredericksburg–Some Images and Incidents.

Belmont was constructed in the 1790s, nearly 126 years prior to the Melchers’ purchasing the Falmouth property in 1916. This is an excellent blog post written by National Park Service Historian John Hennessy that describes the devastation that took pla …

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