Wednesday, April 16, 2008

ABC Wednesday The letter M

This week on ABC Wednesday we are posting photos from the letter M. I had a hard time with this one. Finally I remembered I had a photo of Maymont Mansion located in Richmond Virginia. Although the photo is mine the information below comes from the website. (Source listed at end of article)

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"The story of Maymont began in 1893, when a wealthy Richmond couple, James and Sallie Dooley, completed their elaborate Gilded Age estate on a site high above the James River.

Upon their deaths and according to their wishes, Maymont—including its architectural complex, the splendid, 100-acre landscape, and a collection of exquisite furnishings—was left to the people of Richmond. Over the next 75 years, additional attractions were thoughtfully added, culminating in a one-of-a-kind showplace.

Maymont has broad appeal to a general audience, yet enthusiasts representing a great variety of interests seek out the extraordinary and diverse facets of Maymont. We are sure that there is something special at Maymont for you. In fact, it's likely that once you see Maymont, you'll feel compelled to return again and again.

Maymont House Museum
This magnificent, 33-room mansion with sumptuous interiors represents the luxurious lifestyle of the Gilded Age. Restored to reflect its original splendor, the residence and its furnishings give a remarkably intact depiction of high-style taste at the dawn of the 20th century. At the same time, the belowstairs exhibition “In Service and Beyond: Domestic Work and Life in a Gilded Age Mansion” in the basement introduces the lives of the Dooleys’ employees. Visitors can examine an era of dramatically changing household technology and learn the historical context of domestic service in Gilded Age Richmond, the South, and the United States.

Nature & Visitor Center
Opened in 1999, this state-of-the-art attraction interprets the natural environment of the James River. A 20-foot waterfall cascades into the first of 13 giant, linked aquariums that are home to playful river otters, turtles and fish of all shapes and sizes. Interactive galleries complete this memorable river experience. Also housed in this building are the Visitor Center, a Maymont history exhibit, the Maymont Shop and the Maymont Café.

Maymont's gardens reflect the Dooleys' interest in foreign travel. The Italian Garden, with its stone terraces, pergola, and formal beds and plantings, is a popular place for a stroll or even a wedding. The ponds, bridges and carefully-trained trees and shrubs of the Japanese Garden create a landscape of serenity and beauty. Also found on an exploration of the grounds are the Herb Garden, Daylily Garden, Butterfly Garden and other specialty gardens.

Carriage Collection
Maymont's Carriage Collection is one of the largest in the country still housed in an original estate carriage house. A variety of 19th and early-20th-century vehicles demonstrate both everyday and luxury transportation. Carriage rides and carriage tours of the park are available throughout the year.

Wildlife Exhibits
Venture down into the valley and discover native Virginia wildlife presented in an extensive, 40-acre wildlife park. Maymont's Wildlife Exhibits are carefully designed habitats that are home to a variety of species now or once native to Virginia—including bison, elk, deer, foxes, bears, bobcats and many types of birds.

Children's Farm
The Children's Farm features domestic animals raised on Virginia farms. Here youngsters can touch and feed goats, sheep, chickens, cows and even some rare breeds. The Farm offers all visitors insight into the farm-life experience and food production.

Arboretum & 100-Acre Park
The Dooleys developed a collection of more than 200 species of trees and shrubs representing six continents. They were all carefully placed throughout Maymont's 100 rolling acres to allow for optimum future growth. Now, more than a hundred years later, see the Dooleys' collection as they could only imagine it."

Source: Maymont

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Blogger leslie said...

Gee, thx for the history! I mention the word "mansion" too but it's not as nice as this one!

April 16, 2008 at 2:21 AM  
Blogger ArneA said...

Beautiful house or Mansion, and good information.

April 16, 2008 at 2:55 AM  
Blogger Ida said...

Beautiful place! :)
Great information.

April 16, 2008 at 3:22 AM  
Blogger Anne-Berit said...

Interesting M-post.Have a nice day.

April 16, 2008 at 6:27 AM  
Blogger Andrea said...

Wow, great history about this beautiful mansion. Great "M" post.

April 16, 2008 at 8:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a beautiful Mansion.

April 16, 2008 at 8:30 AM  
Blogger Petunia said...

So beautiful house and the story is great!

Petunia's ABC

April 16, 2008 at 9:51 AM  
Blogger Neva said...

A very beautiful home/showcase!
I hope you can visit me here or here!

April 16, 2008 at 11:34 AM  
Blogger RuneE said...

Always nice with a bit of local colour!

April 16, 2008 at 1:26 PM  
Blogger Nydia said...

Visiting your ABC posts are always a pleasure, Autumn. There's always something new to learn. Loved this one. Maymont Mansion is awesome, its architecture is beautiful, and there are so many things to see there! I hope you had a good time when visiting it! Take a look at my M post too, hope you like it. :) Kisses from Nydia.

April 16, 2008 at 2:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It looks like an interesting place, I love historic old homes!

Kathy b

April 16, 2008 at 6:22 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

Beautiful picture and interesting info. Thanks!

April 16, 2008 at 6:39 PM  
Blogger Katney said...

It looks like a very interesting place to visit.

April 16, 2008 at 10:36 PM  
Blogger Alan said...

Sounds like an interesting place. I'll have to add it to my list of places to visit in Richmond, hopefully in the next year or two (hoping for a nice Richmond/Williamsburg/Jamestown & Washington DC vacation full of history, etc.)

April 16, 2008 at 11:20 PM  
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April 17, 2008 at 1:08 AM  
Blogger Dragonstar said...

That's an incredible mansion. Great that all these activities are available there.

By the way - beware of the comment above mine!

April 17, 2008 at 6:09 AM  
Blogger John said...

Informativ M post, sound like an interesting place.

April 17, 2008 at 10:17 AM  
Blogger Carrie said...

Oh how pretty!

April 17, 2008 at 11:42 AM  
Blogger becky voyles said...

Love your photos on your blog. I went ot your new blog. I like it but then I like that sort of thing such as reading vampire novels. LOL

April 17, 2008 at 6:57 PM  

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