Maymont 2025

100 Years As A Public Space

Maymont became a public space in 1925 upon the passing of Sallie May Dooley. As we look forward to celebrating 100 years, we will be undertaking a series of infrastructure improvements designed to enhance the guest experience and expand access to more visitors. These projects will help ensure that Maymont continues to delight, educate and inspire guests for the next 100 years.

To that end, in July 2022 Maymont was awarded an $8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) to promote and expand regional tourism and outdoor recreation in Virginia. This project is funded under EDA’s competitive American Rescue Plan Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation program, designed to accelerate the recovery of communities that rely on the travel, tourism and outdoor recreation sectors.

These funds will help expand and enhance access to the native rescued wildlife habitats and restore the roof and upgrade the airflow and safety systems of the Maymont Mansion, ensuring long-term, resilient protection for the collections.