Belmont, the historic home of artist Gari Melchers and his wife, Corinne, will celebrate the season, with decorations on view Nov. 25 through Dec. 30.
In the 1920s, the Melchers took great delight in festively decorating their elegant country house during the holidays.
Although Gari Melchers divided his time between his commercial headquarters in New York City and his Virginia retreat, neighbors could always count on finding him at home during the yuletide season. He was sure to have dragged friends and family from the city to an old-fashioned Christmas feast, with fresh turkey raised at Belmont and Maryland crab soup specified by his Baltimore-born wife.
The interior decorations have been arranged by Belmont Curator Joanna Catron using Mrs. Melchers’ journal entries and archival materials to inspire the look and warmth of the welcoming home. This year’s unique exterior decorations have been provided by the Chancellor Garden Club.
“Home for the Holidays” is included with museum admission. For information, call 540-654-1015.