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

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 rural, suburban and urban landscapes.

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

Thursday, September 20   6 to 8 pm
Concert on the Lawn
Art after Hours

Join us for another toe-tapping evening of live music featuring Karen Jonas in the beautiful autumn 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, Juan More Tacos and the Zesty Adventurer will be selling their delicious fare.  Visit the studio and galleries of American artist Gari Melchers.

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

October 5 through December 2
Spotlight Exhibition
Over the Garden Gate: Gari Melchers’ Falmouth

Thanks to generous loans from private collectors and the Morris Museum of Art in Athens, Georgia, four paintings by Gari Melchers will be featured in Over the Garden Gate: Gari Melchers’ Falmouth, three of which will be making a first time public appearance. The loan paintings Gossips, Pear Tree in Blossom, Pot Hunters and Rainbow and a select group of images drawn from the collection at Belmont reproduce local settings and villagers long familiar to Falmouth, Virginia, natives.

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

Friday, November 2    7:30pm
Supercollider and Sitars

The UMW Department of Music is proud to present a concert featuring two of its newest ensembles. The UMW New Music Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Michael Bratt, will feature a world premiere by award-winning composer Jeremy Allen. This event also marks the debut performance of the UMW Indian Music Ensemble, an ensemble dedicated to performing classical literature from the Indian subcontinent (both Northern and Southern traditions) under the direction of Dr. Robert Wells.

Free admission.
Pavilion at Gari Melchers Home and  Studio
Contact Meghan Pcsolyar at or 540 654-1848.

Sunday, November 11   2 pm
The Long Shadow of J.S. Bach

During his lifetime, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) was significant for his acknowledged mastery of keyboard instruments, particularly the organ.  How he came to be regarded as the supreme composer of the 18th century was the result of political machinations much later, as German states working toward unification needed a cultural hero to rally around. The renaissance (and in some cases rediscovery) of Bach’s music in the 19th century inspired European composers to explore Bachian techniques and genres, and his influence has pervaded musical cultures ever since. UMW musicologist Brooks Kuykendall will explore this phenomenon, considering examples from the works of Mozart, Schumann, Liszt, Saint-Saens, Elgar, Milhaud, Poulenc, Shostakovich, Jimi Hendrix, Procol Harum, and others.

Free admission.
Pavilion at Gari Melchers Home and Studio
Contact: Joanna Catron at or 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 or 540 654-1843