Weekends in March, April and May.
Maymont springs into spring with an action-packed, wonder-filled season brimming with programs and events for all interests and age groups showcasing every facet of this American estate. Get up close and personal with the goats, enjoy an in-depth look at the gardens, or chat with a Victorian lady! Fees vary for activities; some activities are weather- dependent. For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 310.
John Dooley: An Irish American Leader in
Dominion Family Easter
Saturday, April 4, 10am-3pm, Carriage House Lawn
Visit Maymont for one of Richmond’s favorite Easter traditions! Guests will enjoy an egg hunt, crafts, games, live entertainment including Power UP! and other fun-filled activities. Fees vary. For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 310.
Spring Break Week
Monday-Friday, April 6-10
Spend spring break week at Maymont! Indoor exhibits including Maymont Mansion and the Nature Center will be open all week (even on Monday, when they are usually closed), and there will be something fun to do every day! Most programs require advance registration. For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 310.
31st Annual Herbs Galore & More
Saturday, April 25, 8am-4pm, Carriage House Lawn
Put on your gardening shoes, grab your little red wagon and come out to the Marketplace on the Lawn for everyone’s favorite gardening extravaganza! Find more than 50 plant and craft vendors from the mid-Atlantic region selling herbs, annuals, perennials, heirloom plants, vegetables, trees, herbal cosmetics, garden ornaments, delicious food and other related products. Don’t miss Maymont’s “From One Garden to Another” fundraising booth, the old-fashioned plant swap with a twist, featuring a large collection of "recycled" garden-related items and great deals on donated plants including rooted cuttings, bulbs and shrubs. Check out our “Meet the Expert” speaker series – free with admission – highlighting a variety of topics for the gardening novice to the seasoned pro. $5 fee for the Marketplace/free for members. For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 310.
Mid-19th Century Richmond
Special Civil War Sesquicentennial Exhibition of Rare Militia Uniform
A Passion for Nature
Tuesdays-Sundays, March 6-July 5, 12-5pm, Maymont Mansion
The Maymont Mansion presents a rare opportunity to view the sole surviving green wool uniform of Richmond’s Montgomery Guard, Company C of the First Virginia Infantry, a militia company formed by Irish Americans in 1850. This legendary uniform is a highly significant display for Maymont as it belonged to John Dooley (1809-1868), the father of James H. Dooley who was a Gilded Age financier and owner of Maymont. Two other important artifacts associated with John Dooley join his uniform in this special exhibit. A fine oil portrait of John Dooley painted by Peter Baumgras in 1859 will be shown publicly for the first time, its true identity recently revealed during conservation treatment. John Dooley’s Model 1850 Foot Officer’s sword, made by Virgil Price of New York and recently conserved through funds from the Maymont Council, will also be displayed alongside the green coatee with which it was originally worn. Both the portrait and the sword are part of the Maymont Mansion Collection. The uniform is on temporary loan from The Nau Civil War Collection in Houston, Texas. $5 suggested donation.
Special Exhibition and Program Series
Tuesdays-Sundays, March 6-September 8, 12-5pm, Maymont Mansion
Take a closer look at the bountiful representations of flora and fauna, from lilies and dragonflies adorning Art Nouveau objects to realistic sculpture of lions and owls, found in the decorations of Maymont Mansion. The special feature of the exhibition is the Dooleys’ limited edition set of the Haviland White House dinner service created in collaboration with artist Theodore Davis during the presidency of Rutherford B. Hayes. The flamboyant set, with distinctive designs for each course of a formal dinner service, is vividly decorated with an array of American wildlife and plants in their natural habitats. The Dooleys’ collection, which is the largest on permanent public display in the world, will be complemented by equally spectacular pieces on loan from the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont, Ohio, the Musée de la Civilisation in Québec, Canada, and private collections. In addition, fashions on loan from The Valentine will reflect the growing interest in the natural world during the Gilded Age, showing the inspiration of nature in textiles as well as design adaptations for outdoor pursuits. Lovingly crafted butterfly and pressed flower collections will represent some of the nature-inspired creative outlets of the time, and original garden plans and plant catalogues will illustrate Sallie Dooley’s love and knowledge of horticulture. Guided tours available every half-hour; last tour begins at 4:30pm. $5 suggested donation.
The program series includes "New Light on the President Hayes White House Dinner Service" on March 17, "The White House: Changing Ideals of an American Home" on April 14, a special Mother's Day Tea on May 9, and an exclusive Curator's Tour offered each month during the exhibition.