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Falmouth in Stafford County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Welcome To Our Trails

Gari Melchers Home and Studio

 

— Belmont —

 
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By Don Morfe, August 18, 2016
1. Welcome To Our Trails Marker
Inscription.  The trails at Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont fulfill the wishes of Corinne Melchers, who hoped visitors could someday walk the estate’s beautiful woods and riverside setting.

One-and-a-half miles of paths cover a varied terrain to the falls of the Rappahannock River, including native grass, wetlands, and high ground with mature beech and oak woods.

These paths offer access to many historic sites that reflect the evolution of the landscape. Most recently, Gari and Corinne Melchers operated a small farm here with some acreage devoted to pasture and to growing grain and hay. Farming stopped with the sale of the last cow and calf in 1952, and soon wooded areas, paths, and trails were overrun by invasive plants. Since 2000, staff and volunteers have cleared away tangled undergrowth to restore the open woods.

While you are at Belmont, do not pick any flowers or remove any stones, bones, artifacts, etc. Keep the trail beautiful for all visitors by taking your trash home. Stay on the path. Take nothing but photos and memories. Leave nothing but footprints. Enjoy your visit!
Geri Melchers
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By Don Morfe, August 18, 2016
2. Welcome To Our Trails Marker
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Home and Studio is administered by the University of Mary Washington

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureEnvironment. A significant historical year for this entry is 1952.
 
Location. 38° 19.496′ N, 77° 28.438′ W. Marker is in Falmouth, Virginia, in Stafford County. Marker can be reached from Washington Street (County Route 1001) 0.1 miles south of Warrenton Road (Business U.S. 17), on the right when traveling east. This marker is on the grounds of Belmont. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 224 Washington Street, Fredericksburg VA 22405, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Family Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); A Working Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); Gari Melchers and his wife Corinne (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Water Supply Methods (about 300 feet away); Caretaker Cottage (about 300 feet away); Gari Melchers Home and Studio (about 600 feet away); Capt. John Smith (about 700 feet away); Transportation and Settlement (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Falmouth.
 
Also see . . .  Gari Melchers Home and Studio. University of Mary Washington (Submitted on September 2, 2016.) 
 
Gari Melchers Home at Belmont image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 18, 2016
3. Gari Melchers Home at Belmont
Sign at the entrance to Gari Melchers Home and Studio image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 18, 2016
4. Sign at the entrance to Gari Melchers Home and Studio
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 2, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 1, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 176 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 1, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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