New Dooley Biography by Mary Lynn Bayliss Published



  The publication of Dr. Mary Lynn Bayliss’ book “The Dooleys of Richmond: Two Generations of an Irish Immigrant Family in the Old and New South,” published in April by the University of Virginia Press, is a landmark occasion for the Dooleys’ estate Maymont. The engaging new book is the first full-length biography of the …

You “Otter” Know



Our newest furry family members, Louis and his female pal, made their debut last week at the Nature Center. We hope you’ll visit soon to see these rescued otters in action, but if you can’t get to Maymont, you’ll still be able to watch them dive and swim on our proposed Otter Cam. With your …

Heartwarming Memories Made at Maymont



  We were so moved by this sweet story told by one of Maymont’s special guests, Dr. Gail B. Newton, who brought her grandchildren to the Members’ Otter Preview last Monday, May 15, we had to share. Thanks to Dr. Newton for reminding us of the magic of making memories at Maymont. “Nothing touches your …

Otterly Exciting News!



  They’re coming! Richmond’s favorite aquatic mammals, North American river otters (Lontra canadensis), will delight us all at Maymont once again beginning Tuesday, May 16. A male and a female, both approximately two years old, will live in the otter exhibit at the Robins Nature & Visitor Center. Both otters were found raiding crayfish farms …

Mobilizing the American Home Front, 1917



  Immediately upon the United States’ entry into World War I on April 6, 1917, the government had to focus all the nation’s resources on mobilization. Because many Americans had been very reluctant to enter the conflict, the Wilson Administration decided to establish a task force to turn public opinion, the Committee of Public Information. …

Over Here: The WWI Home Front at Maymont



  One hundred years ago today — April 6, 1917 — the United States, joining with allies France and England, declared war on Germany. At that time, after nearly three years of fighting, the war in Europe had reached a miserable stalemate, with the Germans entrenched about forty miles from Paris. Just months before in …

5 Things to Remember When Training Your Pet…or Even a Goat



  Get ready! The Farm at Maymont is opening this Sunday, March 26, and everyone, especially the goats, are excited! The animals, with help from our animal trainers, have prepped and practiced to show off their new tricks during the re-opening celebration and throughout the year. Lucky for us, we got a sneak peek yesterday …

Tiffany & Co. Tour de Force at Maymont



  When Maymont Mansion guests regain equilibrium after their first glimpse of Mrs. Dooley’s Swan Bed, their attention is drawn to another equally fantastic piece—the extraordinary dressing table and chair made by Tiffany & Co., America’s premier designer and retailer of luxury items. It’s fashioned from elaborately chased sterling silver and four entire narwhal tusks. …

Retired Race Horse Joins Maymont Carriage Team



  A horse named Solo won’t be spending much time alone at his new home at Maymont. The 12-year-old retired race horse recently joined fellow former racer, Arctic Warrior (“Artie”), as a member of Maymont’s two-horse carriage team. Both are male standardbreds, an American horse breed known for harness racing and other equestrian activities. Solo, …

Maymont Farm Progress “Stalled”



Progress at the Maymont Farm has been “stalled.” But don’t worry, that’s not a bad thing in this case.  A few moms (and dads) surely will be excited to see more stalls, more sinks, more open space and changing tables (sometimes, it’s the little things…right?!) in the renovated restrooms. And the youngsters will appreciate the new …