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A Passion for Nature: Ladies & the Great Outdoors

March is Women’s History Month, which serves as a commemoration of how far women have advanced in terms of equality and a celebration of the vital role of women in American history. By the end of the 19th century, women’s social status had improved, their legal rights were increasing and the scope of acceptable activities was expanding. There was…

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125 Treasures: James Dooley’s Pocket Watch

James Dooley’s Pocket WatchTiffany & Co.American188618 Karat Gold CaseMaymont Mansion CollectionAcquired in 1985 through private donationsMF.85.007 This type of time piece, called a “minute repeater,” sounds the time down to the minute, striking one chime for the hour, a double tone for each quarter hour, and then a single, higher-pitched tone for each minute after…

James Dooley’s Georgetown College Academic Medals

125 Treasures: James Dooley’s Georgetown College Academic Medals

James Dooley’s Georgetown College Academic MedalsSilverAmerican1857-1860Bequest of James and Sallie DooleyMaymont Mansion Collection25.270-274, 25.280, and 25.285 James Henry Dooley enrolled at Georgetown College (now Georgetown University) in 1856 and graduated in 1860, and he was first in his class each of the four years of his undergraduate studies. He was awarded the silver, shield-shaped medals…

James H. Dooley and Sallie May Dooley Portraits

125 Treasures: Portraits of James Henry Dooley and Sallie May Dooley

Portrait of Sallie May DooleyPortrait of James Henry DooleyArtist: William Garl Brown (1823-1894)1889Oil on CanvasBequest of James and Sallie DooleyMaymont Mansion Collection25.056 and 25.057 In 1889, when plans for the Dooleys’ new residence on the banks of the James River were being finalized, the couple commissioned William Garl Brown to paint the companion portraits that…

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Maymont Museum Collection, 125 Treasures

Maymont – originally the home to New South financier and philanthropist, James H. Dooley, and his wife, Sallie – is an amazingly intact estate of the Gilded Age and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. At the heart of the estate stands the Dooleys’ residence, the Maymont Mansion, completed in 1893. Therefore…

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Supporter Profile: Peter Williamson

Describe your first Maymont memory. How did you end up at Maymont for the first time? Were you with family or friends? Our first visit to Maymont was about 25 years ago. Our daughter was about two years old and both sets of grandparents were visiting. We were looking for something to do with the…

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Supporter Profile: Jody Korman

Describe your first Maymont memory. How did you end up at Maymont for the first time? Were you with family or friends? I visited Maymont with my family after we moved here from Waukesha, Wisconsin. I remember being impressed by the preservation of the Mansion and enjoying the many beautiful walking trails. On our way…

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Wishes Granted by Maymont Volunteer

Carrying large bins filled with whimsy and wonder, Maymont volunteer Kathleen Hershner maneuvered her way down a sloping gravel path to the Garden Hall on a recent Saturday, preparing for another magical afternoon at the estate. Her embroidered purple jacket was perfectly fitting for a Maymont party, and her enthusiasm added sparkle to the ordinary…

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Persistence: The Saga of Woman’s Suffrage

During the month of March we honor the accomplishments of generations of compassionate and persistent women who made a difference in the lives of others. One of the most significant milestones in women’s history was the passage of the Constitutional amendment that granted them universal suffrage – the right for every woman to vote in…