Over Here: The WWI Home Front at Maymont
Special Exhibition and Tours
Tuesdays-Sundays, May 28-November 11, 11am-5pm, Maymont Mansion
As part of the national centennial observance of World War I, Maymont Mansion provides a glimpse into the war’s effect on the household of James and Sallie Dooley and other Richmonders. Visit the Dooleys’ home to see how citizens rallied to support the war effort, from James Dooley’s financial support with the largest purchase of Liberty Bonds in Virginia, to the important patriotic activities of women, to the Maymont domestic staff who enlisted. Through authentic poster art, historical images of Richmonders engaged in the war effort, period dress including an Army uniform worn by a University of Virginia student who gave his life to the war, popular patriotic songs of the day, and other displays, Maymont Mansion tells the story of this turbulent time that touched everyone on the American home front and brought the Gilded Age to a close. The war ended with the signing of the Armistice on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. Guided tours available every half-hour; last tour begins at 4:30pm. $5 donation.