Today we went to Richmond, Virginia to see the Maymont Mansion. Maymont was built between 1891 to 1893 by a wealthy businessman named, James Dooley and his wife Sallie. The home was built during the Gilded Age and show all the best of that period. The property sits highย above the James River and is 100 acres. The architect was Edgerton Stewart Rogers who was born and educated in Rome. The house is 12,000 square feet with 33 rooms. The Dooley’s lived here for 32 years. At the time of their deaths, the property and home were gifted to the City of Richmond.

Today, it is a well preserved historic home with most of the original furniture that was purchased by the Dooley’s. It also has several outbuilding and extensive gardens. We were not able to take pictures inside, but believe me, it was VERY Victorian. We did learn one thing we didn’t know about the Victorian Age and it’s social protocol. As a lady of society, if you were to visit Mrs. Dooley, you were expected only to stay for 15 minutes. If you stayed longer, you were what they called a “Day Gobbler”. When word would get around about you staying over your time, you would not be invited to anyone’s home.

You can see more about Maymont on their website. We recommend if you are in the area to stop by and see this beautiful property. One note, wear good walking shoes! There is allot of ground to cover and most of it is hills.

To see more pictures from our day at Maymont,

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More garden, inside the museum basement and carriage house!


60 thoughts on “Maymont

  1. tucsonmike says:

    Very nice! I lived in Virginia for four years in the 1980’s

    • Thank you! We have been here since 1992. Between his home state of Ohio and my home state of South Carolina, Virginia seems to suit us both in weather and location.

      • tucsonmike says:

        Your place will probably be a great place for a writers retreat. First thing I thought of. I am planning to do a post about James Madison for my History Made Fun. You are welcome to throw in suggestions.

      • Wow, I think you are right about the writers retreat. We hope to have one soon as we get the doors open. Suggests about James Madison. Well, first I have to say that most people tend to over look him. He tends to be overshadowed by his best friend, Thomas Jefferson. I do know that there was some what of a scandel with James. Before Dolley, he tried to seduce a married lady. She ended her friendship with him before he could seduce her. But it wasn’t from a lack of trying. haha. Physically he was a very small man, only 5’4″ and weighed 100 pounds and was frail and was epileptic. But that didn’t stop him! He graduated from Princeton after just two years, wrote most of the Federalist Papers and most of the Constitution and all of the Bill of Rights. He cofounded the Democratic-Republican Party, was Secretary of State for two terms, sent Lewis and Clark to explore on behalf of Jefferson, served two terms as President and was the last President to lead troops into battle (War of 1812). After he retired at 65, he served 10 years as President of UVA. Not too bad for a shy and quiet fellow. Hope that helps!

  2. I’m going to have to plan a trip to Virginia to visit all of these! Thanks for providing an itinerary. Great choices!

  3. Gorgeous! There is something about the grounds that feels really European. I love these old homes through your eyes. It’s like traveling vicariously ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. terry1954 says:

    what kind of business did he have? this was just beautiful. and as you know the Victorian era was my favorite. they had some weird rules and manners, but most Victorians that we hear of were born of wealth or made wealth. great blog!

  5. Beautiful! Great history and beautiful photos. Looks like the home is made of sandstone – do you know?

  6. Thanks for sharing with us. I love the Victorian era.

  7. Beautiful! Makes me homesick for Richmond. My first job as a lawyer was there. My family is still there and I love to go back to visit!

  8. Jennifer says:

    What an insane house…. just incredible. Maybe I’ve seen too many horror movies but I can jsut picture something creepy happening…

  9. Wow, that’s what in our part of the world would be called a ‘stately pile’!

  10. Debbie says:

    Please stop taunting me with these fantastic places! Headed to their website right now to bask in the glory of what should be my home ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Beautiful home, thanks for sharing.

  12. gardeniahung says:

    A beautiful Victorian Mansion in Virginia, USA.

  13. What a great house and grounds. I wish they would have let you take pictures of the inside. I’ll just have to go see for my self if I ever find myself in Virginia. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Well, I will be the party pooper. I think this is one of the ugliest examples of Gilded Age Excess in America. There are many fine examples of good architecture from this period, but this is not one of them. Mrs Dooley would not be disappointed in me. I would spend about five minutes there and only that if collecting for some charity.

    • Wow. I have seen many Gilded Age homes too. I can’t say it’s the top of the list, but I don’t think I would say its the worst I have seen. Granted the outside isn’t super, but it’s because they spent so much more inside. It is really the beauty of this house.

  15. belocchio says:

    Sunday morning I exchanged my Manolo’s for walking shoes and wandered the grounds of Maymount. I journey back in history to a period of elegance, gracious manners and of course protocol. I felt like a character in an Edith Wharton novel. Armchair travel is really quite wonderful. Virginia

  16. hermitsdoor says:

    Another property to explore.

    I added a link to your blog in a post. The explanation is rather convoluted, but I mentioned your blog and another as ones about history that I have come across recently.

  17. Nerd Trips says:

    We visited Maymount a few years ago – it’s great! Thanks for sharing your trip. Beautiful pictures.

  18. Jane Sadek says:

    That fifteen minute rule is a good one to use when you are visiting sick people, too. Last year a favorite aunt of mine passed away. She had cancer in her kidney and lungs. She was 91 and probably the best loved person in her small town. She had a lot of visitors, for which her family was very grateful, but most would stay and stay and stay. She wouldn’t dare run anyone off, but it was very taxing for her. Don’t be a “Day Gobbler”!!!

  19. John says:

    Wonderful to see these pictures. I spent many a day at Maymont when I was with WRVA in Richmond.

  20. Wayne Augden says:

    You always show something interesting and new to me. I guess that’s why I like your blog so much. ๐Ÿ™‚

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