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Baltimore native, artist husband sowed seeds for historic Virginia estate
Baltimore native, artist husband sowed seeds for historic Virginia estate

Visitors celebrating Virginia's 80th Historic Garden Week at the Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont might not immediately see a connection to Baltimore. The American painter, known for his portraiture, hailed from Detroit. His home, recognized as a National Historic Landmark, is just outside Fredericksburg, Va. It is Melchers' wife, Corinne, who provides the link. Born into a socially prominent Baltimore family in 1880, she married the middle-aged Melchers when she was in her 20s. So what was a nice Baltimore girl doing in Falmouth, Va.? And why, after all these years, is Corinne Melchers' name still associated with that state's Garden Week? It must have...

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