A Handbell Tradition at Old-Fashioned Christmas



  For decades, Maymont has heralded in the holiday season with a special Victorian Christmas event on the first weekend in December. The name has changed at least a couple times; activities have varied over the years; and the weather has ranged from high 70s to downright chilly with snow on the ground. But through …

Santa, Sparkles & Scraps: A Guide to Maymont’s Christmas Ornaments



    Every room in Maymont Mansion is decked out for Christmas 1893, the first holiday Major and Mrs. Dooley celebrated in their new home. And of course, the Christmas tree in the Blue Drawing Room represents one of the most universally beloved traditions of the season. Maymont’s tree reaches to the ceiling – 12 …

A Maymont Perspective on World War I



  One hundred years ago the Great War, as it is known by the British, was ravaging Europe. Belgium had been overrun, Northern France was occupied by the German army, and Paris was threatened.  Though safe in Richmond, certainly James and Sallie Dooley had been shocked like other Americans when Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and …

Halloween Enrichment for Animals & Keepers



  The animals of Maymont and their keepers have to endure all extremes of Virginia weather – hot humid summers, harsh cold winters, and pollen-filled spring time…but who doesn’t love fall? In between shoveling manure, stacking hay, and keeping exhibits maintained, our animal keepers get to enjoy sharing the season’s perks with their closest friends …

Thankful Thursday: Volunteer Appreciation



  Today, we’re celebrating a THANKFUL THURSDAY at Maymont in honor of our amazing volunteers. In the last fiscal year alone, 1,700 volunteers gave 20,305 hours of their time and talent to help Maymont –  giving tours, painting fences, maintaining gardens, cleaning the barn and much more. That’s a value of $468,436 in man power! …

5 Reasons Fall is for Planting



  On the first day of fall, it’s time to start thinking about planting, and not just bulbs. But isn’t spring the season for gardening? Not necessarily. You may be inspired by all the new growth you see as winter fades away, but there are plenty of great reasons to plant bulbs, trees, shrubs and …

Excitement in the Cycling World, Now and Then



    Like the rest of #RVA, Maymont is gearing up for the UCI Road World Championships coming this month. Tourists and locals alike will be treated to a week of special programming at Maymont Mansion, September 20-25, including the display of a reproduction 1890s bicycling costume and an appearance on Sunday, Sept. 20 by …

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