DescriptionChartered in 1720, Falmouth once rivaled Fredericksburg in commercial importance. During the Revolution, James Hunter's ironworks ran full tilt to supply the American Army and Navy with such articles as camp kettles, bayonets and anchors. Tapping into Falmouth's thriving industry, resident Basil Gordon became one of America's first millionaires.
Falmouth is now a subdued but charming relic of its past. George Washington reportedly received his primary education in the town. Noted Falmouth natives include Confederate Secretary of War James Alexander Seddon, and Dr. Kate Waller Barrett, a staunch crusader for social reform. Falmouth served as the headquarters for the Federal Army before and after the Battle of Fredericksburg.
Things to SeeThe Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont