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 …

Bald Eagle Appreciation Day



  According to the World Animal Foundation, January 18 is Bald Eagle Appreciation Day. Here are a few fun facts about these majestic birds found along the James River in #RVA and right here at Maymont: The bald eagle is the only eagle found exclusively on the North American continent, ranging from Alaska to the northern …

Farm Updates, November-December 2016



What a difference a month makes! The exterior of the new classrooms looks different each week, a new cement floor was poured in the barn in mid-November, and the renovated restrooms have new insulation and plumbing.          

Seeing Stars at Old-Fashioned Christmas



  Seeing stars will be a good thing this Sunday as two award-winning local celebrities join us for an Old-Fashioned Christmas at Maymont. Here are a few fun facts about our special guests: Desiree Roots as Mrs. Walker, the Dooleys’ head cook 1) Desiree sang a duet with legendary blues guitarist, Buddy Guy, during his …