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Maymont is a 100-acre Victorian estate with a grand mansion, gardens, beautiful landscapes and outbuildings, a Nature Center, Native Virginia Wildlife Exhibits, a Children?s Farm and a Carriage Collection open to the public.

Built by James and Sallie Dooley in 1893, Maymont is situated on a bluff high above the James River and is a classic example of an American Gilded Age estate. Edger Stewart Rogers designed the mansion and named it "May Mont" in honor of Mrs. Dooley's maiden name (May) and the Italian word for hill (monte). Supervised by Mrs. Dooley, the garden designs was lavishly done by the Richmond architect Nolan and Bskerville with strategically placed lawns, terraces, balustrades, gazeboes, statuary, walkways and ornaments. Other highlights of Maymont includes an Italian garden which features exquisite stonework, statuary, gazebos, fountains and beautiful flowers, shrubs and trees; a Japanese garden designed by Muto which is a blend of several different styles of Japanese gardens and two distinct periods of design; and an Arboretum with 200 exotic species of trees and plants imported by the Dooleys in the early 20th century. With the death of Mrs. Dooley in 1975, the City of Richmond became the owner of the estate. The Maymont Foundation started restoring the Maymont estate to its former glory and has since added new features including an Animal and Nature Exhibits, Children?s Farm, and Nature Center.

Maymont offers something for everyone - young and old alike. Tour the Dooleys' opulent residence, stroll through winding walkways with views of panoramic parkland, formal gardens, magnificent century-old trees, and picturesque estate buildings, visit the Nature Center, outdoor Wildlife Exhibits, and the Children's Farm, and you will understand why Maymont is one of Richmond's most beloved attractions.
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