A favorite spot

Original front entrance to Belmont
Cherry Tree Downtown

Cherry Tree Downtown

This post is a little late for Spring, but I wanted to share some pictures I took of one of my favorite little spots to go visit.

At Belmont, the Geri Melchers estate, the grounds and gardens are free, there is a sweet little gift shop and visitors center, and they routinely have art exhibits.  Not to mention, the gorgeous permanent exhibit in the studio space.

View of Belmont, House of Geri Melchers

Belmont

This is the main house.   Originally built in the 18th century, Geri Melchers bought the estate (house, dependencies, working farm and acreage) for $12,000 around 1916.  He added some to the house, a studio, and a “summer house” (below).

Summer House at Belmont

Summer House

The house was deeded to the Commonwealth of Virginia is 1942 by Corrinne, Melcher’s widow.  She left the estate and contents, many of which are still on display.  The studio showcases Melcher’s work, which rivals that of his contemporaries, John Singer Sargent and Whistler.  The gardens have been worked on and restored, and they have abundant, beautiful tulips that bloom in the spring.

Tulips in the garden at Belmont

Tulips in the garden at Belmont

The dependencies are very cute:

Dependencies at Belmont

Dependencies at Belmont

Stable at Belmont

Stable at Belmont

The original front entrance of the house is stunning.  What a beautiful color on the ceiling of the porch.

Original front entrance to Belmont

Original front entrance to Belmont

I think the stairs are neat. I think it’s wonderful how they show their age.

18th century stairs

c. 18th century stairs at Belmont

A detail of the gate at the studio:

Detail of gate

Detail of gate at Belmont

A garden path takes you around the property.

Garden path at Belmont

Garden path at Belmont

As you come around the far end of the house, there is some beautiful Quince Blossom.

Quince Blossom

Quince Blossom

I love to visit Belmont in the spring!

 

 

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