Calendar of Events


Preschool Palette Classes

Guided Woodland Hikes
Last Sunday of each month, 2 p.m.
Conducted by Virginia Master Naturalists, these informative walks cover a mile of trails in both woodlands and fields and also touch on the historic ruins of Belmont’s past. Please wear sturdy footwear. Meet outside the Visitor Center.

Public Programs

Gari's Sketch of house

Announcing Belmont Portrayed

To mark the 40th anniversary of the 1975 public opening of Belmont, Gari Melchers Home and Studio is organizing Belmont Portrayed, a juried exhibition of artistic interpretations of Belmont’s buildings and property. The exhibition will be on view to the public from January 23-April 17, 2016, with cash awards totaling $2500 made possible by the Nicky Seay Charitable Fund.


Call for EntriesEntry Form.  Flyer

Spotlight Exhibition: Julius Melchers’ Captain Jack
September 12, 2015-January 3, 2016

For the first time at Belmont, one of the celebrated cigar store Indian figures carved by Gari Melchers’ father and mentor will be on view in the Studio, included with museum admission. Press Release

Director’s Tour for Members
Sunday, September 20, 2 p.m.
Behind the scenes tour led by Director David Berreth. Open to Friends of Belmont and guests. Space limited. Reservations 540/654-1840, free for Friends. To join: 540/654-1842

Art, Corks, Brews and Blues/UMW Alumni Night
Thursday, September 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
A casual evening for University of Mary Washington graduates and friends to visit Belmont and enjoy the offerings of Stafford County’s Adventure Brewing Company and Potomac Point Winery. Studio galleries will be open. Live music by The Acoustic Onion and sliders and fusion tacos served by the UFO Food Truck. Reservations 540/654-1830, Free Admission; Cash Bar

African American Gardens and Memories
Sunday, October 11, 2 p.m.
When the novelist Alice Walker wrote her essay “In Search of our Mothers’ Gardens” she was interested in both actual gardens and the ways that gardens symbolize the lives of the African American women from the past. Grey Gundaker, Professor of American Studies and Anthropology at the College of William and Mary, will examine the legacy Ms. Fannie Roots left through her garden in an illustrated talk that will discuss African American gardening traditions, the philosophical principles that underpin them, and the contributions of African American gardeners to the landscapes of the southeastern US.
The Roots house will be open for tours from 12-1:45.    Free

Friends of Belmont Bus Trip to NC
October 20-21
Join Friends of Belmont as we travel south to experience the art and history of Winston-Salem, NC.

Julius Melchers: Detroit’s Master Sculptor
Sunday, October 25, 2 p.m.
Ralph Sessions, Director of Special Projects at New York’s DC Moore Gallery, and former Chief Curator of the Museum of American Folk Art, will highlight the contributions to Detroit by Gari’s father Julius Melchers (1829-1908), and place his celebrated cigar store Indians in the larger context of 19th century American figure carving.

Julius Theodore Melchers, father of Gari, was an accomplished artist in his own right. Trained in Germany and France, he operated a workshop in Detroit for over forty years, creating a wide range of architectural sculpture, interior carvings for churches and other buildings, figureheads and maritime work, and shop and cigar store figures. This talk will highlight Melchers’ many contributions to Detroit, and place his celebrated cigar store Indians in the larger context of nineteenth century American figurecarving in wood.  Free

Growing Great Spring Flowers
Sunday, November 1, 2 p.m. 
Lisa Zeigler of The Gardener’s Workshop presents a workshop inspired by her new book, Cool Flowers. Lisa introduces the cool-season concept, when and what to plant, where to locate for the earliest blooming, setting it up for low maintenance and how to keep the blooms coming into summer. Free. Includes a pop-up shop with gardening and flower arranging tools, supplies and flower seeds.

40th Anniversary Celebration
Sunday, November 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Join us in marking the opening of the museum 40 years ago with 1975 admission rates and refreshments, 75 cents for adults and 50 cents for children under 18.

Home for the Holidays 2015
November 27, 2015- January 3, 2016
Enjoy seasonal house decorations inspired by the Melchers’ stylish hospitality, included with museum admission. Although artist Gari Melchers divided his time between his commercial headquarters in New York City and his Virginia retreat at Belmont, neighbors could always count on finding him at home over the holidays, where he was sure to have dragged along friends and family from the city for an old fashioned Christmas feast, with fresh turkey, raised at Belmont and Maryland crab soup, specified by his Baltimore – born wife.

Friends of Belmont Holiday Reception
Wednesday, December 9, 6-8 p.m.
Enjoy holiday decorations, music, tours, refreshments and good cheer.   Friends of Belmont free/Non-members $10;    Reservations 540/654-1848

Director’s Candlelight Tour
Saturday, December 19, 4:30-6 pm
Join Director David Berreth on a private tour of the Belmont House decorated for the holidays. Toast the season with a glass of champagne as the sun goes down to reveal the historic house’s glow in the spirit of Gari and Corinne Melchers.
Admission is $20 per person. Space is limited and reservations are required. Call 540 654-1840 or David Berreth.