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 …

Dooley-Era Aerial Photo of Maymont Discovered



The following post is by Dale Wheary, Curator/Director of Historical Collections & Programs, and Herbert Wheary Last year Richmond architect Gibson Worsham presented an extraordinary gift to the Maymont Mansion Archives—an early bird’s eye view of Maymont that had been preserved among his family papers. In our age of drone photography this may not seem so …

Bob Hill Honored with Maymont House Benevolent Society Award



  Over the course of more than three decades, Bob Hill has been one of Maymont’s most faithful friends, helping to preserve the historic estate and sustain it for the future. As a tribute to his long term support, Maymont honored Bob Hill as a model of exceptional stewardship with the 2017 Maymont House Benevolent …

Celebrate Holiday Merriment at Maymont’s Old-Fashioned Christmas



  Start the holiday season right with one of Richmond’s most beloved holiday traditions, Old-Fashioned Christmas at Maymont, on Sunday, December 3. Guests are invited to experience a celebration enjoyed by generations of families and revel in the merriment of the holiday season with an afternoon full of surprises and activities sure to please everyone. …

New Dooley Biography by Mary Lynn Bayliss Published



  The publication of Dr. Mary Lynn Bayliss’ book “The Dooleys of Richmond: Two Generations of an Irish Immigrant Family in the Old and New South,” published in April by the University of Virginia Press, is a landmark occasion for the Dooleys’ estate Maymont. The engaging new book is the first full-length biography of the …

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 …

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. …

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 …

Grateful for Maymont



  It has been a year of gratitude in 2016 as we’ve celebrated the 90th anniversary of Maymont’s public opening. As the year winds down, we reflect one more time on the reasons we’re grateful for James and Sallie Dooleys’ extraordinary gift to us nine decades ago. 1) A World Beyond Imagination – The Dooleys’ …