125 Treasures: James Dooley’s Pocket Watch



James Dooley’s Pocket Watch Tiffany & Co. American 1886 18 Karat Gold Case Maymont Mansion Collection Acquired in 1985 through private donations MF.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 …

125 Treasures: James Dooley’s Georgetown College Academic Medals



James Dooley’s Georgetown College Academic Medals Silver American 1857-1860 Bequest of James and Sallie Dooley Maymont Mansion Collection 25.270-274, 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 …

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



Portrait of Sallie May Dooley Portrait of James Henry Dooley Artist: William Garl Brown (1823-1894) 1889 Oil on Canvas Bequest of James and Sallie Dooley Maymont Mansion Collection 25.056 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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Maymont Heartbroken Over Unexpected Loss of Ella, the Female Otter



  The Maymont family is grieving the loss of Ella, the female North American river otter, who died unexpectedly on Sunday, April 8. Ella was transported on Saturday from her habitat in The Robins Nature and Visitor Center at Maymont to Wellesley Animal Hospital, where many of Maymont’s animals receive veterinary care, for an oral/dental …

Planting Pinwheels for Child Abuse Prevention



As a popular destination for children and families, Maymont is honored to partner with SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) to display a temporary pinwheel garden at the Farm starting today. The following is a guest post by Katelynn Jarrells, Operations Coordinator at Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now). It takes more than love and …

Persistence: The Saga of Woman’s Suffrage



The following post is by Nancy Lowden, Manager of Historical Programs at Maymont 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 …