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Advance Program Listings: Spring-Summer 2019

December 12, 2018
Advance listings for Maymont’s February – August 2019 programs are now available. Highlights include a special exhibition and tours featuring the extensive collection of French decorative arts acquired by James and Sallie Dooley for their Gilded Age mansion; Virginia’s finest beverages, plus live music, food trucks, lawn games and more at the Beer & Wine Classic; and favorite Richmond spring traditions and family-friendly outdoor adventures including Spring Break Week, Dominion Energy Family Easter, Herbs Galore & More, a camp-out, scavenger hunts, and lots of other amusements! Read more.

Celebrate an Old-Fashioned Christmas and Other Holiday Delights at Maymont

A cherished holiday tradition enjoyed by generations of families, OId-Fashioned Christmas, returns to Maymont on Sunday, December 2 from 12 to 4:30 p.m. Victorian ladies and gentlemen graciously welcome guests to the estate, where they can celebrate the season with special activities and entertainment that are sure to fill everyone with holiday spirit. Read more.

Maymont Receives $449,224 Grant for Watershed Education from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

September 25, 2018
Maymont has been awarded a $449,224 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) program, which funds locally relevant, authentic experiential learning for K-12 audiences through Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) – multi‐stage activities that include learning both outdoors and in the classroom and aim to increase understanding and stewardship of watersheds and related ocean, coastal, riverine, estuarine, and Great Lakes ecosystems. Read more.

NEW! Garden Glow at Maymont Illuminates the Japanese Garden

September 19, 2018
An enchanting new experience will brighten nights at Maymont this fall as the Japanese Garden becomes a mesmerizing, illuminated landscape for “Garden Glow,” held nightly from Saturday, October 27 to Sunday, November 11, 6 to 10pm. Read more.

Advance Program Listings: Fall 2018-Winter 2019

July 25, 2018
Advance listings for Maymont’s August 2018 – February 2019 programs are now available. Highlights include a wondrous journey through the Japanese Garden as it shines with dramatic light displays, outdoor adventures during a family-friendly camp-out or camp-in, the 125th anniversary of the Maymont Mansion, Richmond’s favorite holiday traditions – including Old-Fashioned Christmas, Maymont by Moonlight and Wreath Workshops, and Valentine’s Day-themed activities, including family fun, Mansion love stories and a garden walk. Read more.

Maymont Hosts 125th Anniversary Celebration

July 23, 2018
Maymont is commemorating the 125th anniversary of the completion of the Maymont Mansion with a public celebration on Sunday, September 23 from 12 to 5 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite period hat and other attire as they meet Victorian-costumed ladies and gentlemen, share Maymont memories, and delight in the splendid sights inside the fully restored house museum. Read more.

125th Anniversary of the Maymont Mansion

June 12, 2018
The final stages of construction for the mansion at Maymont, including installation of a massive Tiffany window, were chronicled in the local news and surely were the talk of the town in Richmond, Virginia leading up to its completion in 1893. It was the grandest Richmond residence of its time, and today, it stands at the heart of Maymont, the beloved attraction that was recently named Virginia’s best park by Money magazine (May 25, 2018). Read more.

Herbs Galore & More at Maymont is Filled with Good Vibes for a Great Thyme

April 3, 2018
The Carriage House Lawn at Maymont becomes a shopping destination for plant, craft and food lovers during everyone’s favorite gardening extravaganza, Herbs Galore & More, on Saturday, April 28 from 8am to 4pm. Guests can peruse unique garden and herb-related goods from dozens of vendors, learn from specialists during Meet the Expert sessions, and enjoy local food trucks while relishing the start of spring. Read more.

Dominion Energy Family Easter Brings Spring Joy to Maymont

February 28, 2018
It’s almost time to hop on over to Maymont for one of Richmond’s favorite Easter events, Dominion Energy Family Easter, on Saturday, March 31 from 10am to 3pm. Guests will celebrate Easter on the Carriage House Lawn with exciting games and activities, food trucks, live entertainment, and more – all while soaking in the sunshine and spring blooms. Read more.

Explore Maymont’s 100 Acres with Ease

February 20, 2018
A new offering at Maymont allows its guests to explore 100 acres of rolling hills, expansive lawns, picturesque landscapes, Gilded Age history and animal habitats with ease. Private golf cart rides with a
personal tour guide will begin March 17. Read more.

Say Hello to Maymont’s New Crow

February 1, 2018
Maymont kicked off the New Year with a new animal addition, welcoming an African pied crow to the estate. Donated to Maymont from a partner in Northern Virginia, the female crow is eight months old. She has been named ‘Ginny,’ short for Virginia, as a nod to her home state and as reference to Edgar Allan Poe, the well-known author with strong ties to Richmond. Read more.

Advance Program Listings: Spring-Summer 2018

December 12, 2017
Advance listings for Maymont’s February – August 2018 programs are now available. Highlights include a dynamic living history presentation that brings to life the saga of woman’s suffrage and even reveals a story of conflict within Maymont’s own family, an extraordinary dining and beer experience in the Italian Garden, and favorite Richmond spring traditions and family-friendly outdoor adventures including Spring Break Week, Dominion Energy Family Easter, Herbs Galore & More, a camp-out, scavenger hunts, and lots of other amusements! Read more.

Vintage Maymont Fundraiser Brings In $353,000 for Maymont

November 14, 2017
Maymont celebrated the 20th anniversary of its annual Vintage Maymont fundraiser on Friday, October 27, welcoming guests with sparkling wine as they arrived to The Jefferson Hotel. As a non-profit and one of the most visited attractions in Richmond, Virginia, Maymont has been able to realize its vision for the future thanks to the unwavering dedication of corporations, foundations, and individuals. Read more.

Celebrate Holiday Merriment in Grand Victorian Style

November 7, 2017
Revel in the merriment of the holiday season during Victorian Holidays at Maymont! The 2017 season is sure to be a jolly one, with updates to Old-Fashioned Christmas including a new storyteller, a chance for children to pen letters to St. Nick, and the return of a nostalgic activity – crafting bird-friendly pinecone ornaments. Read more.

Maymont Introduces Broad-Winged Hawk to Raptor Valley

October 25, 2017
A new female broad-winged hawk made its Maymont debut in September, joining the vultures, owls, and other hawks in Raptor Valley. The bird was donated to Maymont from a rehabber located in Warrenton, Virginia after being found in the road with head and eye trauma – likely the result of being hit by a car – and deemed non-releasable by veterinarians. Read more.

Time Travelers: A Free Weekend of Richmond History Featuring 18 Historic Sites in the Region

August 16, 2017
The Richmond Region’s most renowned historic sites will offer visitors a “Passport” to time-travel during a special admission-free weekend, September 23-24. Tourists and locals alike are invited to discover the area’s treasures, spanning 400 years of fascinating history and including the homes of John Marshall, Jefferson Davis, John Wickham, Major James Dooley and other important Virginians. Read more.

Get a Taste of Virginia at Maymont’s Annual Beer & Wine Classic, Sept. 8

August 10, 2017
What’s better than enjoying a local craft beverage? Enjoying one among friends on the scenic lawn of one of Virginia’s most historic landmarks. Beer and wine lovers are invited to Maymonts Carriage House Lawn for the annual Beer & Wine Classic, presented by the Dooley Noted Society. Read more.


June 29, 2017
Advance listings for Maymont’s August 2017 – February 2018 programs are now available. Highlights include the Beer & Wine Classic, family-friendly camp-outs and wetland adventures, a four-class art history series featuring ceramics, Richmond’s favorite holiday traditions including Old-Fashioned Christmas, and a behind-the-scenes tour featuring the bells, whistles, hidden panels, knobs, tubes and other technological wonders that made Maymont Mansion one of the most modern homes in Gilded Age Richmond. Read more.

Otterly Exciting News from Maymont

May 9, 2017
They’re coming! Richmond’s favorite aquatic mammals, North American river otters (Lontra canadensis), will delight guests at Maymont once again beginning Tuesday, May 16. A male and a female, both approximately two years old, will live in the otter exhibit at the Robins Nature & Visitor Center. Read more.

Maymont Farm to Re-Open March 26

February 27, 2017
Richmond residents and fans of Maymont have been chomping at the bit, getting their feathers ruffled, and having a cow waiting for the much anticipated re-opening of the popular Farm. So everyone is sure to be as happy as a pig in mud to finally celebrate the new and improved Maymont Farm at a grand re-opening on Sunday, March 26 from 12 to 4pm. Read more.

Retired Race Horse Joins Maymont Carriage Team

February 13, 2017
A horse named Solo won’t be spending much time alone at his new home at Maymont. The 12-year-old retired race horse recently joined fellow former racer, Arctic Warrior (“Artie”), as a member of Maymont’s two-horse carriage team. Read more.


February 8, 2017
The Victorian Society in America – the only national non-profit organization committed to historic preservation, protection, understanding, education, and enjoyment of 19th-century heritage – will present its Spring Study Tour & Symposium in Richmond, Virginia, March 24-26 in partnership with Maymont. Read more.

Advance Program Listings: Spring-Summer 2017

December 8, 2016
Advance listings for Maymont’s February – August 2017 programs are now available. Highlights include a special exhibition at Maymont Mansion as part of the national centennial observance of World War I, Richmond’s favorite spring traditions, including Spring Break Week, Dominion Family Easter and the Herbs Galore & More Festival, and family-friendly outdoor adventues including a camp-out, an evening bat search, and scavenger hunts. Read more.

Grandaughter of Dooleys’ Head Cook Receives Maymont Benevolent Society Award

December 6, 2016
Nearly 100 years ago, Frances Twiggs Walker served as the head cook for James and Sallie Dooley at Maymont. Doris Walker Woodson, Walker’s granddaughter, was presented with the 2016 Maymont House Benevolent Society Award for her outstanding contributions to Maymont’s preservation. Read more.

Joyous Traditions and New Features Enliven Victorian Holidays

November 16, 2016
The Victorian Holidays at Maymont have never felt so alive! The season is more animated than ever in 2016 with new living history by actors Alan Sader and Desiree Roots, new market vendors during Old-Fashioned Christmas, more music, and of course, everyone’s favorite activities – mansion tours and horse-drawn carriage rides. Read more.

Maymont Suffers Loss of Male Otter, Neptune

November 2, 2016
It is with great sadness that Maymont announces the death of Neptune, the male North American river otter, who passed away on Friday, October 28, at the age of 19. Read more.

Two Young Bison Arrive at Maymont

October 20, 2016
Two young female bison arrived at Maymont to live in the estate’s bison habitat. The heifers are 16 months old and 17 months old, and each weighs over 600 pounds. Read more.

Maymont Mourns Loss of Its First Otter

September 20, 2016
The Maymont family is deeply saddened by the recent loss of Pandora, our female North American river otter, who passed away over the weekend at the age of 17. Read more.

Pokémon Go: Catch ‘Em All at Maymont

July 15, 2016
From Eevee to Cubone to Growlithe to Bulbasaur, it’s monster madness at Maymont as Pokémon Go players are trying to “catch ‘em all” on the 100-acre estate. Since the game’s release more than a week ago, it’s topped Twitter’s daily users and sees more engagement than Facebook. Read more.

Advance Program Listings: Fall 2016 – Winter 2017

June 14, 2016
Advance listings for Maymont’s August 2016 – February 2017 programs are now available. Highlights include the Dooley Noted Society’s Beer & Wine Classic, family-friendly camp-out and wetland adventures, a six-class art history series featuring Victorian architecture and decorative arts, Richmond’s favorite holiday traditions including Old-Fashioned Christmas, and tales of social rituals and family drama from the Downton era at Maymont “Abbey.” Read more.

Maymont Foundation Announces New Executive Director

April 28, 2016
The Maymont Foundation Board of Directors announced that Parke Richeson has been chosen to become the organizations new Executive Director. She was selected from a nationwide search of more than 200 candidates. Read more.

Maymont Celebrating 90th Anniversary of Public Opening

March 9, 2016
A world beyond imagination opened to the citizens of Richmond in March 1926. For the first time, the entire community was invited to step inside the gates of Maymont. To commemorate the generations of family fun and memories at the estate, Maymont will host a 90th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, April 17 from 12 to 5pm on the Carriage Lawn and at Maymont Mansion. Read more.

Maymont Director of Horticulture Named Host of WCVE “Virginia Home Grown” and VLNA Professional of the Year

January 13, 2016
Maymont Director of Horticulture, Peggy Singlemann, has been selected as the new host of the WCVE/WHTJ PBS local gardening program, “Virginia Home Grown,” and she has been named Professional of the Year by the Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association (VNLA). Read more.

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