Maymont Book

Read Maymont's Story in Beautiful New Book

During three transformational decades in the United States, from 1893 to 1925, Maymont thrived as the American estate of millionaire and financier, Major James Henry Dooley, and his wife, Sallie May Dooley. The Dooleys created an opulent home with an elaborate 100-acre landscape in Richmond, Virginia – a showplace that rivaled those of the wealthiest American tycoons of the era. Then, they bequeathed it all to the City of Richmond for everyone to enjoy as a museum and public park. The story of the Dooleys and their grand Gilded Age estate, now one of Richmond’s most treasured attractions, has been published for the first time in “Maymont, An American Estate,” a lavishly illustrated new book written by Maymont Curator and Director of Historical Collections and Programs, Dale Cyrus Wheary.

“Maymont: An American Estate,” published and designed by Scala Arts Publishers, Inc., is the first book to present the full story of the Dooleys and their Richmond home in all its Gilded Age glory. The 80-page publication recounts the early lives of the Dooleys and their years at Maymont, and provides vivid descriptions of the mansion’s interiors, the extensive collection of original furnishings, the gardens, grounds, and estate buildings. It also covers the estate’s early years as a public museum and park managed by the City of Richmond from 1926 to 1975, and brings the story up to the present day, now under the care of Maymont Foundation, the nonprofit which has operated, maintained, and preserved the property since 1975. More than 100 photographs include historical views, mansion interiors, gardens, aerials, modern-day landscapes and animal exhibits.

$25 (hardcover) or $15 (softcover) plus tax. Maymont members receive a 10% discount. Available at the Maymont Mansion or the Robins Nature & Visitor Center. Limited number of signed copies available, perfect for holiday gift-giving! Can’t make it to Maymont? Call 804-358-7166, ext. 310 and we’ll ship a copy to you ($8 s/h fee applies).

Book publication was generously funded by Nell and Hunter Thompson.