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Review of Maymont

Ranked #2 of 187 things to do in Richmond
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Maymont is a 100-acre American estate, an extraordinary gift given to the community by James and Sallie Dooley who lived there from 1893 to 1925. Whether strolling in the gardens, touring the mansion, watching river otters at play, or petting a goat, there is something for everyone to enjoy. NEW! Golf cart tours are now available. Explore the rolling hills and winding path with ease with a personal tour guide!
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Reviewed 30 July 2014

We spent three hours here walking around the 100 acre 19th century victorian estate of wealthy financier James Dooley and his wife Sally Mae Dooley.

The estate is comprised of Maymont Mansion, now a historic house museum, an arboretum, formal gardens, a carriage collection, native wildlife exhibits (bald eagles, other birds, bears and a few others), a nature center, and Children's Farm. Our time here included an excellent information-packed tour of the large mansion house and elegant furnishings. There is no cost for admission into the property or the mansion!

In 1893, Major James H. Dooley, a wealthy Richmond lawyer and philanthropist, and his wife, Sallie, completed their elaborate Gilded Age estate on a site high above the James River. After their deaths Maymont was left to the people of Richmond. A special foundation administers the estate.

Richmond-born financier James Dooley was among a new class in American 19th century society. Maymont, stands today as a remarkably complete expression of Gilded Age luxury and opulence.

MAJOR TIP===I would suggest you spend about 4 hours here. Bring your own food since there are no dining facilities on the property!

We have some photos to share.

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Reviewed 27 July 2014

Kids love maymont from feeding the sheep and goats, to watching the other animals including the bears. Beautiful Japanese garden and Italian garden. Kids love to climb through the bamboo! Bring a picnic and spend a morning or an afternoon. The tour of the mansion is worthwhile for anyone 6 and over and the nature center is a great place to see otters close up. GO!

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Reviewed 26 July 2014

A beautiful spot to walk and have a picnic. The gardens, the Japanese Garden and the roses are our favorite. There is even a small zoo. Lots of picnic areas too. A relaxing way to spend your day!

Thank Brittany300
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Reviewed 26 July 2014

A really nice place to go and do whatever it is you want to do. We arranged to have a photographer meet us there to take some family photos. There was a wedding in one part, which was great because the bride rode in on a horse-drawn cart. Our toddler got to see live horses for the first time and practice saying "NEIGH!"
I've seen groups of people doing yoga there enjoying the quiet and beautiful surroundings. The animal area is great.

Thank j_frankart
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Reviewed 25 July 2014 via mobile

My husband, 1 year old daughter & I spent a few hours at the park recently. Our daughter loved the animals. There was plenty of grassy areas to let her run. The one thing that we didn't like was there was no ramp that led back up from the gardens...just stairs unless you wanted to go back the way you just came. Was kind of a hassle to carry the baby & stroller up all those stairs.

Thank Leasa R
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