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 …

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 …

Our Valuable Volunteers



  The value of volunteers at Maymont is evident every day in their accomplishments and contributions. Volunteers help to keep the estate clean and beautiful, enhance guests’ experiences, and participate in events and programs that raise money for daily functions. In fiscal year 2015-2016 alone, 1,570 volunteers gave 20,017 hours of their time and talent. …

A Summer of Action & Adventure



  Who’s looking for a summer full of action, adventure and animal encounters? You’ll find it during Maymont’s Summer Discovery Camps! Camps at Maymont are all about connecting kids to nature.  Each agenda is thoughtfully planned by one of our Environmental Educators to keep kids engaged the entire time they are here, whether we’re on …

Why Should Young Professionals Visit Maymont?



  When we’re kids, we beg to go to Maymont to feed the goats and see the bears. As teens, we want to walk the paths with friends or play games on the lawn. Once we’ve found “the one,” we might have a wedding in the gardens. Then we start the cycle all over again …

Celebrating National Volunteer Week



  According to a report from 2014, 30% of Virginians are volunteering, donating over 311 million hours of service to a variety of nonprofits across the region. That’s a total of $7.2 billion of service contributed! This week during National Volunteer Week (April 10-16, 2016), we honor all the volunteers who are working to make …

The Dooleys’ Vision for Maymont



  On March 16, 1926, Maymont opened to an expectant public, about six months after Mrs. Dooley’s death.  Before that day, visiting the Dooleys’ home had been by invitation only, but thanks to their vision and generosity, Maymont became a museum and park which millions of people have enjoyed for the past ninety years. When …

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 …