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.
Picnic tables are available. Pets are permitted only in designated areas.
Pet friendly (call for restrictions/fees.). Picnicking is permitted.
$10; free (ages 0-18 with paying adult, limit two; each additional child $5 each).
Save $1 on admission.
Hours: Daily 10-5, Apr.-Oct.; 10-4, rest of year. The last tour departs 30 minutes before closing. Closed Jan. 1, Easter, July 4, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and Dec. 31. Allow 1 hour minimum.