Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont will host a spring open house on Sunday, April 6. The museum will open its doors free of charge to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., allowing visitors to experience the 28-acre estate and former residence of the artist Gari Melchers and his wife Corinne.
During the open house, the colorful formal gardens and the grassy woodland paths and trails will be open for guests to explore. The house museum and studio will be open for tours throughout the day.
Belmont invites amateur and professional artists of all media to use the house grounds as inspiration for their work, and picnicking on the grounds is also encouraged.
The property, both a Virginia Historic Landmark and a National Historic Landmark, is located at 224 Washington St. in Falmouth, across the Rappahannock River from Fredericksburg. Public hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1-5 p.m. For directions and more information, call (540) 654-1015, or visit the museum website at www.GariMelchers.org.