Established in 1728, Fredericksburg sits on the falls of the Rappahannock River in Spotsylvania County. This charming town holds an important place in American history. It was the childhood home to George Washington, a major port during the colonial era, and the site of major battles during the Civil War. Its historic downtown, containing 350 original 18th- and 19th-century buildings, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Gari Melchers Home and Studio (Belmont)
The 18th-century Belmont estate was the home and studio of prominent portraitist and American Impressionist painter Gari Melchers (1860-1932) from 1916 until his death in 1932. The Georgian mansion, outbuildings, and formal gardens were modified and expanded to serve as an elegant country retreat for the artist and his wife, Corinne, who left their European home at the outbreak of World War I. Melcher’s stone studio houses the largest collection of his paintings and drawings anywhere—some 1600 items in all—and features rotating exhibitions spanning the whole of his career.
Described as one of America’s most historic houses, Brompton is famous for being at the center of the Battle of Fredericksburg in 1862 and for serving as a Union hospital during the Battle of the Wilderness in 1864. The home now serves as the official residence of the president of the University of Mary Washington.
The James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library
The James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library is dedicated to the study, interpretation, and presentation of the life and times of the fifth President of the United States. Founded in 1927 by Monroe descendants, the historic museum building houses the largest single collection of artifacts and archives related to James Monroe—American statesman, lawyer, diplomat, and Founding Father.
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