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Richmond

Maymont Park

Maymont is a 100 acre (0.156 m²) Victorian estate located at 2201 Shields Lake Drive, Richmond, Virginia. It contains Maymont Mansion, now a historic house museum, an arboretum, formal gardens, a carriage collection, native wildlife exhibits, a nature center, and petting zoo known as "The Maymont 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. Maymont was named for the Major Dooley's wife, Sallie May. Construction began in 1890, with the mansion completed in 1893. In 1913, the Dooley's built a "cottage" in Nelson County, Swannanoa, where they would spend their summers