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Courtesy of Richmond Region Tourism

Key Info

1000 Westover Road

Price & Hours

Free
Hours vary seasonally

Details

Free, Parks and Gardens, Historic Homes/Mansions Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend

scorecard

  • 5.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

Maymont used to be the sprawling home of wealthy Richmond residents James Henry and Sallie May Dooley (the estate name comes from combining Mrs. Dooley’s maiden name and the French word for hill). Upon their deaths, they left their home and its grounds to the city. Now, this 100-acre property is one of the top activities for Richmond travelers. The Japanese gardens are a particular highlight, but Maymont also boasts a carriage collection, a petting zoo, a nature center and an arboretum, not to mention a truly spectacular and well-maintained 12,000-square-foot, 33-room mansion.

Inside the mansion, visitors will get a glimpse at the lives of Richmond's well-to-do in the Gilded Age. The restored rooms boast original furnishings – including a bed shaped as a swan – and fixtures typical of the era like gas lighting and an elevator. In the Belowstairs space, you'll find "In Service and Beyond," which explores not only the Black employees who were instrumental in running the mansion, but also the experience of working Blacks in the South.

Recent visitors called Maymont a Richmond treasure and said it's the perfect place to spend an afternoon. Other travelers urge you to pack a picnic to enjoy on the mansion lawn. Maymont's only sincere problem is that there's too much to see and do for just one day. Many of Maymont's reviewers said they planned on making a return trip.

You can visit the Maymont estate grounds and visitor center daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; the grounds and gardens are open until 7 p.m. from April to September. The mansion itself is temporarily closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Admission is free, but donations are suggested for several of the indoor exhibits and the mansion tours. The Robinson Nature Center, on the other hand, costs $8 for adults and $6 for children ages 3 to 12. Visit the website for more information on the various exhibits open, tour times and more.

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