The end of October is a wonderful time to view the fall foliage abundant in Fredericksburg and Falmouth. While you may catch glimpses of it on your daily commute or on your way to a fall festival, it’s not the same as taking a stroll through nature. To make it even better, add an informative guide to your walk, and you’re ready for a day you won’t soon forget.
October Woodland Hike
The Gari Melchers Home and Studio hosts a free educational nature hike on the last Sunday of every month, but October’s Woodland Hike is particularly special. Now is your last chance to see the beautiful tree colors before the weather turns even chillier next month. To attend the tour, meet outside the Visitor Center a little before 2 p.m on Sunday, Oct. 29. The tour lasts one hour and covers a distance of one mile. Wearing sturdy, comfortable shoes is a good idea since you’ll be on your feet the whole time. Guests will take a hike through the property’s nature trail that leads through mature woodlands and borders the Rappahannock River. The trail goes past the remains of an old ice pond, a cemetery, a spring, and the canal that once powered mills in Falmouth.
Volunteers from the Virginia chapter of Master Naturalists conduct these woodland tours. They’ll fill you in on the history of Belmont and may point out wildlife such as bald eagles and herons.
Gari Melchers Home & Studio
The tours make for wonderful outdoor excursions. But that’s not all that there is to see at the Gari Melchers Home & Studio. Here you’ll find restored gardens, several trailheads, a museum store, studio and art galleries, and the Gari Melchers Home to tour. The location also serves as the official Stafford County Visitor Center.
General admission to the museum is $10. Discounts are available for AAA members, students under 18 years old, and UMW alumni. Members of the Friends of Belmont organization and current UMW staff and students receive free admission. The garden and trails are always available to enjoy free of charge. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the cold months.
When visiting this National Historic Landmark, you’ll learn the history of Gari and Connie Melchers and their life in Belmont. This 18th-century estate has something fun for everyone.
Volvo Cars Fredericksburg
A destination that makes for a great visit any time of year is Volvo Cars Fredericksburg. You’ll find an extensive selection of the latest Volvo models available for lease or purchase. There’s also a large choice in pre-owned inventory, making this the perfect stop for car buying no matter your tastes or budget. Stop by today and take a test drive.
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