About the Maymont Foundation


The Maymont Foundation preserves and celebrates Maymont for the pleasure and education of everyone.


The story of Maymont began in 1893, when a wealthy Richmond couple, James and Sallie Dooley, completed their elaborate Gilded Age estate on a site high above the James River. Upon their deaths and according to their wishes, Maymont—including its architectural complex, the 100-acre landscape, and a collection of exquisite furnishings—was left to the people of Richmond.

From Mrs. Dooley’s death in 1925 until 1975, the property was owned and operated by the City of Richmond. It became clear through the years, however, that the City could not maintain or restore the estate to its fullest potential. Therefore, in 1975, the Maymont Foundation assumed the role of manager, promoter and developer of Maymont under terms of an agreement and contract with the property owner, the City of Richmond. The organization accomplished incredible feats by the end of that first year – raised over $1 million, developed a long-term master plan, renovated buildings, cleaned gardens and more—under a watchful public eye and with a tiny staff.

Today, so much has changed and so much has stayed the same. Natural-setting wildlife habitats, the Children’s Farm and Nature Center have been added and maintained, while Maymont Mansion, the gardens and historic artifacts have been masterfully restored so that the Gilded Age estate looks much as it did as the Dooleys’ home from 1893 to 1925.

Now it takes $3.6 million per year to keep Maymont’s operations going. Every member of the community can help in so many ways. Become a member, join the Adopt an Animal program, attend events, give a donation. With almost a million people in the greater Richmond area, it would take less than $4 per person to operate Maymont for a year!

The foundation of the Foundation—then and now—is the desire to keep Maymont beautiful and accessible for every generation to come. For more information, contact us by email or by phone at 804-358-7166, ext. 310.



2015 Annual Report
2014 Annual Report
2013 Annual Report
2012 Annual Report


Maymont’s Fiscal Year 2015 Audited Financial Statement
Maymont’s Fiscal Year 2015 990
Maymont’s Fiscal Year 2014 Audited Financial Statement
Maymont’s Fiscal Year 2014 990

Board of Directors


Duane A. Deskevich, President
Clint M. Bowes, Vice President
Baxter Phillips, Jr., Treasurer
Hylah Ballowe, Secretary
Judith W. Pahren, Past President
E. Claiborne Robins, Jr., Life Trustee

Bruin S. Richardson, Interim Executive Director


Parker C. Agelasto
Amishi Amin
Jason S. Angus
Bruce Arnett
John F. Berry, Jr.
Jeffrey A. Brown
Melissa Christian
Robert E. Comet, Jr.
Janet Dibbs
Allison Domson
Scott Golden
Kirsti Goodwin
George A. Harrison
Cindy Heidel
H. Randolph Holmes, Jr.
Anne Innes
John McCauley
Norman C. Merrifield, Ed.D
David C. Moore
Vivek Murthy
Eric Nedell
Kelly O’Keefe
Van Buren Knick II
Faye O. Prichard
Charles W. Rayfield
Robert Q. Rhodes
Marycatherine Savage
Brooks M. Smith
Jill Stefanovich
Erin Sutton
Kumiko Suzuki
Hon. Frank J. Thornton
Daniel A. Weekley
Gayle Jessup White
Cal Whitehead
Christopher M. Winslow
Thomas L. Winston
David A. Wise