Votes for Women, 1916 to 2016



  Whether you’re celebrating or mourning the results of the Presidential Election, let’s be glad that all US citizens had an equal opportunity to vote this week. It hasn’t always been that way. The national election of 1916, just 100 years ago, would prove to be the last time the right to vote for a president was …

The Nuptials of James Dooley and Sallie May – September 11, 1869



  No documentation has yet come to light to tell us exactly where and when the courtship of James Dooley and Sallie May blossomed. Could they have met at one of the many mineral spring resorts in the mountains of Virginia (and what became West Virginia) where polite society gathered in the summer? White Sulphur …

Windows of Opportunity at Maymont Mansion



  The windows of Maymont Mansion look out onto a breathtaking landscape and into a world of Gilded Age treasures, but how often does anyone consider the windows themselves? Their importance was recognized in FY15 with a $145,000 grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and matching funds from the Richard S. …

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 …

Maymont Honors Black History



Pictured above: Volunteer Jude Harris portrays the butler at Maymont Mansion. Photo by Dale Quarterman. “My grandfather went to work to do a job, but to do it invisibly . . . get the job done, come and serve me, but be quiet about it. But at home he was our ‘Papa.’ He was not …

Happy Birthday Major Dooley!



  Born in Richmond, Virginia, January 17, 1841 This Sunday will mark the 175th birthday of James Henry Dooley who gave us his estate, Maymont. We don’t have any record of a birthday party for him, but if his friends were planning a celebration, what gifts might they have considered to bring special delight to …

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 …

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 …