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Belmont gets new signs on pathways

If you’re like me, this nice weather makes you want to go for a walk outside, to check out some of the flowers that are peeking up out of the ground and get some much needed sunshine. Here’s a good reason to go for an early spring stroll.

Belmont in southern Stafford has 1.5 miles of trails to walk on (for free) — and recently, 10 interpretive markers have been placed along the trail. (Check out more about Belmont or find a map of paths.) Sites and topics for the markers include:

  • a 19th-century ice pond
  • springheads
  • the ruins of an electric pump station that artist Gari Melchers installed to bring water to the main house
  • the Melchers’ farming practices
  • the early canal along the Rappahannock River that helped power 18th- and 19th-century mills in Falmouth
  • and a gravesite for members of the family of Joseph B. Ficklen, the Civil War-era owner of Belmont.

Funding was provided by the George J. and Effie L. Seay Foundation.

If you want to learn even more about the grounds, volunteers from the Virginia Master Naturalists program hold free guided hikes for the public on the last Sunday of each month at 2 p.m.