Maymont Mansion Tours & Programs

Persistence: The Saga of Woman’s Suffrage

A Living History Program Honoring International Women’s Day
Sunday, March 8, 2-3pm, Garden Hall

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which granted women the right to vote. Travel the decades-long path forged by our grandmothers, their mothers and countless citizens who struggled to win universal suffrage for American women in 1920. Experience diverse perspectives of the controversial issue at Maymont where Mrs. Dooley and her sisters-in-law found themselves on opposite sides of the issue, and African-American women felt resistance due to their gender and their race. Listen to the arguments, justifications, and even women’s opposition to the vote during a living history rally and dynamic presentation. Don your hat, sash or Votes for Women badge, join in the rally and enjoy refreshments after the program as you mingle with the suffragists. $12 per person/$8 for Maymont members and children ages 13 and under. Register online; for information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 329.

Time Travelers Weekend

Saturday-Sunday, March 14-15, 12-5pm, Maymont Mansion

Celebrate women of the past as Maymont joins Richmond’s best known historic homes and museums during a special admission-free weekend. Step back in time to discover more about women like Sallie Dooley, a renowned hostess and horticulturalist, and Frances Walker, the African-American mother of eight who worked as the Dooleys’ head cook. Guided tours introduce you to the social changes and the challenges facing women 100 years ago. Guided tours available every half-hour; last tour begins at 4:30pm. Free admission with passport; carriage rides available for a fee. For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 329.

Mother’s Day Tea

Saturday, May 9, 1pm & 3:30pm, Nature Center Terrace

Celebrate mothers and the centennial of women gaining the right to vote at a once-in-a-lifetime tea! Wear a sash, a hat or 1920s fashion to join in the spirit of the era as you enjoy tea, traditional sweets and savories. Period music, a lively suffrage rally and a picturesque setting make this an afternoon to remember. $35 per person/$30 for members. Register online by May 8; for information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 329. Enhance your visit with a tour of the Gilded Age home of James and Sallie Dooley (11am-4:30pm) or a festive carriage ride (call ext. 340 for reservations). $5 per person per activity.

Celebrating Suffrage: How the Campaign Was Waged and Won

A lecture and reception sponsored by the Maymont Council
Presented by Elisabeth Griffith, author of “In Her Own Right: The Life of Elizabeth Cady Stanton”
Tuesday, May 19, 6-8pm, Garden Hall

Join us for an in-depth look at the century-long struggle for woman’s suffrage presented by Elisabeth Griffith, author of “In Her Own Right: The Life of Elizabeth Cady Stanton.” Griffith’s exploration will lead us from abolition to the Nineteenth Amendment to the present day, throughout the fight to secure voting rights for all American women. Find out why victory required three generations of leadership, competing strategies, class and racial struggles, and controversial, charismatic women. A reception follows the lecture. $15 per person/$10 members. Register online; for information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 329.