Arts & Culture

Chatham Lilac GardenWhether you enjoy live performances from musicians or actors, hand-crafted jewelry, or gallery-worthy paintings, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy them all in Stafford County.  Take in a show at our live dinner theater – and the largest one in Virginia – Riverside Center, or learn the artisans’ best secrets to their craft by taking one of their classes. 

Stafford residents can find inspiration for their own creative works by enjoying one of the County’s most notable landmarks – Gari Melchers’ Home & Studio at Belmont.  A Virginia and National Historic Landmark, this 18th century estate was home to artist Gari Melchers and his wife Corinne.  Melchers, a name unfamiliar to many, was one of several early twentieth century American artists who made a good living through their craft and earned critical praise.  His home, located in south Stafford, is open to the public and offers both natural beauty in its landscape and many of his artistic works.  The main house, gardens, outbuildings and gallery of his work are included in this estate overlooking the historic port town of Falmouth and the Rappahannock River.  The Marguerite Stroh Visitor Center and new Studio Pavilion conference facility are both ideal for groups with varying interests. 

Of course, given Stafford’s close proximity to the Nation’s capital – with well-known amenities like the Kennedy Center, Constitution Hall, and the National Gallery, or nearby Richmond – with the world-class Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the beautifully-restored Landmark Theater, arts and culture can easily be part of your daily or weekend activities. 

For a complete listing of Stafford’s many arts and cultural assets, visit the Stafford County Tourism website at