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!
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