Maymont Hosts 125th Anniversary Celebration

Event Commemorates Mansion’s Completion in 1893

 

Release Date: July 23, 2018

Maymont, the Gilded Age estate in Richmond, Virginia, 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. Food and refreshments also will be available for purchase from local food trucks and vendors.

“We look forward to welcoming everyone in the community to this fun family celebration to enjoy music of yesteryear by the John Marshall Alumni Band, a showcase of Dooley-era fashions from 1893 to 1925, portraits taken using 19th century-style tintype photography, horse-drawn carriage rides, and other activities,” said Parke Richeson, Maymont Executive Director.

“The Maymont Mansion stands today as a remarkably complete expression of Gilded Age luxury,” said Dale Wheary, Maymont Curator & Director of Historical Collections and Programs. “The preservation of Maymont is at the forefront of everything we do, and we’re excited to be celebrating this milestone for the Mansion which, thanks to ongoing conservation efforts, remains very much as it was during the Dooleys’ time. The Maymont Mansion has been carefully restored to give a comprehensive representation that shows diverse perspectives within the Victorian household – both the people who lived and worked there.”

The Maymont Mansion is located at Maymont’s Historic Estate entrance at 1700 Hampton Street in Richmond, Virginia. Guided tours of the upstairs rooms and self-guided tours of the belowstairs exhibit are available Tuesdays-Sundays from 12 to 5 p.m. year-round. For 125th anniversary event details and updates, visit maymont.org or call 804-358-7166, ext. 350.

Since 1975, Maymont has been maintained and operated by the nonprofit Maymont Foundation. To keep the estate open and free to the public, the Foundation must raise more than $3 million each year through private donations.

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