An American Estate
Dale Cyrus Wheary
- The only book available on the Maymont Estate, which receives more than 500,000 visitors a year
- Will appeal to all those fascinated with Gilded Age architecture and interior furnishings
During the Gilded Age of the late 1880s through the 1910s—the era of Carnegie, Rockefeller, and Vanderbilt—American millionaires displayed their prosperity by building and decorating impressive homes. In 1893 Richmond-born financier James Henry Dooley and his wife, Sallie May Dooley, added to those prestigious residences with their 100-acre country estate, Maymont. The Dooleys spent three decades filling its sumptuous interiors with treasures from around the world and establishing Maymont’s magnificent gardens, landscape, and architecture. They bequeathed Maymont, completely intact, to the City of Richmond for its use as a public museum and park. Today, Maymont stands out as an unusually complete example of a Gilded Age estate. The residence, gardens, and grounds remain very much as they were during the Dooleys’ years, while the restored servant areas present the upstairs-downstairs lifestyle of the times.
This lavishly illustrated and elegantly designed volume introduces the opulent estate of Maymont to all those who are interested in the history and grandeur of the Gilded Age in the United States.
Dale Cyrus Wheary is the Curator/Director of Historical Collections and Programs at Maymont.