Maymont Mansion was originally owned by Maj. James H. Dooley and his wife Sallie.
|Location||Entrances at 2201 Shields Lake Drive, 1700 Hampton Street, Richmond, Virginia|
|Area||100 acres (40 ha)|
|Operated by||Maymont Foundation|
|Area||100 acres (40.5 ha)|
|Architect||Edgerton S. Rogers|
|NRHP Reference #||71001062|
|Added to NRHP||December 16, 1971|
Maymont is a 100 acre (0.156 m²) Victorian estate in Richmond, Virginia, an extraordinary gift given to the community. It contains Maymont Mansion, now a historic house museum, an arboretum, formal gardens, a carriage collection, native wildlife exhibits, a nature center, and Children's Farm.
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. According to their wishes, after their deaths Maymont was left to the people of Richmond. Over the next 75 years, additional attractions were added.
In 2011, Maymont was named one of the top 10 public spaces by the American Planning Association.
The arboretum contains more than 200 species of trees and woody plants. It includes a number of "exotic champions" including a Cedrus atlantica, Cryptomeria japonica, Parrotia persica, and Tilia europea.
Maymont's gardens are popular for outdoor weddings focused around the Italian Garden, the Japanese Garden and numerous gazebos located throughout the grounds.
In addition to the farm animals that it keeps in the Children's Farm, Maymont is the permanent home of several animals that are native to the Commonwealth. Many of these have been injured and are otherwise unable to live in the wild. These animals include bald eagles, a bobcat, black bears and foxes. Visitors are also able to see white-tailed deer, elk, and American bison.
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- Maymont National Register Nomination on the Virginia Department of Historic Resources Site
- Maymont: Richmond Commission of Architectural Review Slide Collection