Maymont Council

In 1983, Mary Tyler Cheek McClenahan, with co-chair Frances Valentine, created the Maymont House Benevolent Society, an annual campaign to generate funds for conservation, restoration and acquisitions at the mansion. The Society adopted a new name, the Maymont Council, in 2000, and expanded its mission to support the preservation of the historic Maymont estate in its entirety—decorative arts, carriages, original landscape features, and architecture. Read more about this year’s Maymont House Benevolent Society award recipient.

In its 30 years, the group has helped to conserve hundreds of original objects, make critical structural needs, restore decorative interior elements, acquire important Dooley-owned pieces, analyze original paint colors, restore decorative wall and ceiling finishes, conduct architectural investigation of the unrestored belowstairs area, and enhance the overall authenticity, care, and presentation of the mansion. In 2011, the American Institute for Conservation and Heritage Preservation recognized its long-term impact, selecting Maymont Mansion as recipient of the Ross Merrill Award for Outstanding Commitment to Preservation and Care of Collections.

Today, there are still many original features and details of Maymont that await restoration, and the work of conservators, specialists and skilled artisans is costly. A gift to the Council will help preserve Maymont’s treasures for generations to come. Levels of giving over $100 include full Maymont member benefits. Questions? Email us or call 804-358-7166, ext. 313.

Council Executive Committee

Anne Innes, President
Rita M. Smith, Immediate Past President
Mary Lynn Bayliss, Ph.D.
Laura Lee Chandler
Violet Dixon
Jennifer Fidura
Alicia Fink-Wagner
Ellen LeCompte
Nancy Lowden
Margaret Lundvall
Frances Valentine Massey
Lindalee Mulligan
Sharon Phillips
Ann Reed

Council Membership Levels

THE COACHING CIRCLE ($100-$249)

  • One free guest ticket for the Council lecture of your choice
  • Maymont member benefits

THE ROSE CIRCLE ($250-$499)

  • Two free guest tickets for the Council lecture of your choice
  • Listing in the Council Yearbook and Maymont Foundation annual report
  • Maymont member benefits

THE SWAN CIRCLE ($500-$999)

  • Invitation for two to the Holiday Reception at Maymont Mansion
  • Two free guest tickets for the Council lecture of your choice
  • Listing in the Council Yearbook and Maymont Foundation annual report
  • Maymont member benefits

THE GILDED CIRCLE ($1,000 AND ABOVE)

  • Membership in the Peacock Society, including additional recognition and special event privileges
  • Invitation for two to the Holiday Reception at Maymont Mansion
  • Two free guest tickets for the Council lecture of your choice
  • Listing in the Council Yearbook and Maymont Foundation annual report
  • Maymont member benefits

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