Falmouth, the thriving but still quaint little village on the banks of the Rappahannock opposite Fredericksburg, is truly the latter’s sister community. Both were incorporated in the same act of the Virginia General Assembly in 1727, but both had their actual beginnings before that time. Fredericksburg’s origin is clearly traceable. That of Falmouth, unfortunately, is one of those interesting things that seems to be forever lost in the haze of forgotten years.
Honorable Alexander H. Seddon, Secretary of War of the Confederacy, was a citizen of Falmouth. Belmont, the home of Gari Melchers, is on one of the hills above Falmouth.