Maymont Foundation will preserve and celebrate Maymont as a museum and park for the pleasure and education of everyone.
Maymont's greatest need is to sustain general operating funds, in order to provide guests meaningful connections with nature, history and animals free for everyone 365 days a year.
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People Taking care of Maymont's 100 acre estate is a big job, and we are always happy to have extra help from volunteers. Hundreds of volunteers help create the Maymont experience 365 days year.
Volunteer opportunities are available in the following areas:
Nestled in the heart of the city of Richmond, Virginia Maymont was the estate of James H. Dooley and his wife, Sallie May Dooley. Their extensively landscaped property, along with a collection of furnishings and decorative arts, was bequeathed to the people of the City of Richmond in 1925, upon the death of Mrs. Dooley. The Dooleys left no endowment for the maintenance and development of the estate. In March 1926, Maymont was opened to the public as an admission-free city park. In 1975, the City of Richmond appointed management of the estate to the nonprofit organization, “Maymont Foundation,” whose mission today is to “preserve and celebrate Maymont as a museum and park for the pleasure and education of everyone.”
Maymont is an unusually complete example of a Gilded Age estate. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is a registered Virginia Historic Landmark. Maymont is a recognized national leader in preservation and conservation activities. In 2011, Maymont received the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works and Heritage Preservation Joint Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Preservation and Care of Collections to Maymont for its work in preservation of the Mansion. Maymont was selected by the American Planning Association as one of ten Great Public Spaces in the Great Places in America program for 2011, placing it alongside notable treasures like New York City’s Central Park and Washington D.C.’s Union Station.
Maymont welcomes over a half million guests each year. The estate consists of the Gilded Age historic house museum, 100-acre grounds, iconic gardens, an arboretum featuring over 100 noteable trees, the Robins Nature & Visitor Center and animal habitats (domestic farm and Virginia wildlife). These offerings serve citizens of every income, educational level and ethnicity.
Guests explore wildlife exhibits and historic structures at their leisure. These include the Robins Nature Center, interpreting the variety of ecosystems found along the James River, Maymont’s animal habitats, and the Maymont Mansion, with outbuildings and historic formal gardens. Learning is enhanced by the presence of onsite educators and Maymont staff who work among the exhibits in the Nature Center and throughout the estate, interacting with guests. Scheduled activities such as special tours, educational programs, and animal training sessions provide unique learning opportunities and additional insights.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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