|The Artist's studio at Belmont|
I have lived within the same 20-mile radius in Virginia for most of my life. The Rappahannock River separates Fredericksburg city from Stafford County, which has always been my home. George Washington grew up right here along the banks of the Rappahannock. In fact although legend says that he threw a coin across the Potomac many historians believe that it was, in actuality, the Rappahannock.
Stafford County is about 277 square miles with 65% still pretty much forested. This county consists of 9 separate communities. One of these communities is Falmouth.
It was here that the renowned early 20th century artist Gary Melchers made his home. Although I lived, for many years, less than a mile from his estate, I only recently discovered his art. I am not alone. Although internationally celebrated during his lifetime, he is pretty much unknown by many today. That is truly a shame. His art is amazing to behold and when and if you are lucky enough to visit this area I suggest you go to see his former home which is now a museum and gallery of his art.
So if you visit Falmouth, Va. be sure to check out Gary Melcher’s Studio.
Oh, I almost forgot, I bet when you were reading the name Falmouth you were hearing it pronounced Fowl-mouth. I know-- I have amazing powers of ESP. A rose by any other name is still a rose, but trust me, you wouldn’t stand out so much if you just say Fal’-muth. :-)