Calendar of Events


Preschool Palette Classes

Guided Woodland Hikes
Last Sunday of each month, 2 pm
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

Thursday, March 8, 6-7 pm
Crow’s Nest: An Ecological Gem in Stafford County
An illustrated presentation by Mike Lott, Regional Supervisor/Northern Region Steward

Free admission. Reservations not required.  Pavilion at Gari Melchers Home and Studio.
Contact: Michelle Crow-Dolby at 540-654-1851


Sunday, March 25, 2-4 pm
Family Event
7th Annual Beeping Egg Hunt

This event provides an opportunity for visually impaired and blind children, along with their families, to participate in an audible egg hunt. FLYER

Free admission. Families are asked to RSVP to Michelle Crow-Dolby at 540-654-1851 by Friday, March 23.


Saturday, April 7, 8:30-4 pm
Sixth Annual Living in the Garden Symposium: Historic Trees and Gardens of Virginia
A day-long symposium presented by the Extension Master Gardeners of the Central Rappahannock  Area featuring the topics:  Gari Melchers’ garden restoration at Belmont by Beate Ankjaer-Jensen; a tribute to Virginia’s most significant trees by Nancy Ross Hugo; Jefferson’s botanical laboratory at Monticello by Peggy Cornett and antique roses by Connie Hilker.

MGACRA Members and Friends of Belmont $50/non-members $60   Includes light breakfast, lunch and tours.


Saturday, April 7, 7:30 pm
Concert in the Studio
UMW Chamber Music Festival
The UMW Music Department presents an evening of chamber music featuring faculty members Andrew Kraus on the piano and Doug Gately, flute, performing Claude Bolling’s  Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano.

Free admission. Seating limited. Reservations beginning March 19 for FOB and UMW Friends of Music, March 23 for the general public.
Contact: Meghan Pcsolyar at 540 654-1848  THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL.


Sunday, April 8, 4 pm
UMW Chamber Music Festival
The UMW Music Department presents

Presenting the Faculty Jazz Trio performing a mix of jazz standards and contemporary works, incorporating swing, Latin, and funk styles under the direction of Doug Gately. Also featured is the U.S. Air Force String Quartet, to perform Bedrich Smetana’s String Quartet No. 1 “From My Life” under the direction of Bryce Bunner.

Free admission. Seating limited. Reservations beginning March 19 for FOB and UMW Friends of Music, March 23 for the general public.
Contact: Meghan Pcsolyar at 540 654-1848


Sunday, April 22, 10 am – 5 pm
Spring Open House
The public is invited to tour the house, studio and galleries of the famous American painter Gari Melchers (1860-1932). Stroll the restored gardens and woodland trails, visit the Fannie Roots House on the property to hear about the latest restoration efforts between 12 and 3 pm, join a preschool palette class in the kitchen classroom between 11 am and 4 pm, and explore the museum shop.

Free admission. Contact: Buffy Knappenberger at 540 654-1843


Wednesday, April 25, 7 pm
UMW Flute and Guitar Ensembles
In celebration of National Guitar Month and National Jazz Appreciation Month, the UMW Guitar Ensemble will present a spring concert featuring arrangements of Classical, Jazz and Contemporary works under the direction of Bruce Middle. The UMW Flute Ensemble will perform selections from the Baroque to the Contemporary, including Latin American selections, under the direction of Doug Gately.

Free admission. Seating limited. Reservations required.
Contact: Meghan Pcsolyar at 540 654-1848


Thursday, May 17, 6 to 8 pm
Concert on the Lawn
Art after Hours
Join us for another toe-tapping evening of live music in the beautiful spring setting of our lawn and gardens. Enjoy beer and wine from Stafford County’s 6 Bears & a Goat Brewing Company and Potomac Point Winery. Two food trucks will be selling their delicious fare.  Visit the studio and galleries of American artist Gari Melchers.

There will be additional parking at the Old Historic Port of Falmouth lot on River Road, right down the hill from Belmont, where a shuttle will be available to drop you off at the event.

Free admission. Tickets for beer/wine $5 and food trucks accept cash or credit. To reserve your spot, contact Meghan Pcsolyar at (540) 654-1848.


Sunday, June 10, 2 pm
Talk and Tour
Architectural History Tour
Back by popular demand!  Cultural Resource Manager Beate Ankjaer-Jensen will present a brief lecture followed by a tour of the historic house at Belmont. We will explore the building inside and out, decoding its architectural fabric to reveal how the building evolved over time.

Friends of Belmont $5, Non-members $10.  Limited to 20 guests. Meets at Pavilion.
Contact Beate Ankjaer-Jensen at 540 654-1839


Sunday, September 9, 2 pm
The 92-minute film explores the many environmental and agricultural issues facing us today and examines solutions that are being applied using the ecological design process called “Permaculture,” which uses the principles found in ecosystems to help shift our impact from destructive to regenerative. Focusing mostly on the Northeastern and Midwestern regions of the US, Inhabit provides an intimate look at permaculture peoples and practices across the rural, suburban and urban landscapes.

Free admission. Pavilion at GMHS. Contact: Joanna Catron at 540 654-1841


October 5 through December 2
Spotlight Exhibition
Gossips by Gari Melchers
Gossips, a circa 1925 era painting by Gari Melchers reproducing a setting and personalities long familiar to Falmouth, Virginia, natives will make a first time special appearance at the Gari Melchers Home and Studio, thanks to a generous loan from a private collector.

Included with Museum admission. Contact: Joanna Catron at 540 654-1841


Sunday, November 11, 2 pm
The Long Shadow of J.S. Bach
UMW musicologist Brooks Kuykendall will consider examples across the 19th and 20th centuries demonstrating the towering influence of the 18th century German master.

Free admission. Contact: Joanna Catron at 540 654-1841


November 23 through December 30
Home for the Holidays
Enjoy the house decorated for the holidays in the spirit and style of American painter Gari Melchers and his talented artist-wife Corinne.

Included with museum admission during regular hours. Contact: Buffy Knappenberger at 540 654-1843.