The Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont is s.w. of jct. US 1 and US 17N at 224 Washington St. (SR 1001). The 18th-century manor house, set on 27 acres overlooking the Rappahannock River, is preserved as a memorial to its former owner Gari Melchers, an American Impressionist artist who died in 1932. He acquired the house in 1916 as a country retreat. The house is furnished with antiques and art collected by Melchers and his wife. More than 75 of his paintings are displayed in his studio.
A visitor center, which doubles as the Stafford County information center, is located in the former carriage house and offers a 12-minute orientation video.
Time: Allow 1 hour minimum.