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Maymont, Richmond

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Richmond is full of historic house museums as you've seen in my previous posts.  One last museum I'll share with you is Maymont.
Built in Romanesque style by architect Edgerton Stewart Rogers in 1893 high above the banks of the James River, the mansion and 100 acre estate was home to James and Sallie Dooley.
The house and grounds have been a public museum and park since 1925 when Mrs. Dooley passed away.
 The imposing stone facade hides a rather giddy and over the top Victorian interior.
 The grounds are beautiful with stunning views down to the river.
The original outbuildings of the estate survive and are used to this day in the maintenance of the house and park.
 I especially loved this carriage barn with service court. Wouldn't this make a charming house?
 The water tower is located right behind the carriage house.
The Dooleys are buried together on the estate on a bluff overlooking the James river in a beautiful mausoleum designed by William Churchill Noland.

Virginia House, Richmond

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After my trip to Richmond I had one regret; I didn't schedule an appointment to tour Virginia House!
Located next door, literally, to Agecroft Hall, the house was also built of ancient materials imported from an old house in England as part of Thomas William's original plan to build an authentic Tudor Village in Richmond.
Virginia House was built by Alexander and Virginia (hence the name) Weddells but began life as a priory in 1109 built by Earl Warwick which was later remodeled in the 17th century.  Much like their neighbor, Agecroft Hall, the house was purchased at a demolition sale. The Weddells built their new old house in anticipation of it eventually becoming the headquarters and museum for the Virginia Historical Society.
Despite that plan, the house was built as a modern home albeit one of historical materials and importance.
While the materials began to arrive in 1926 via ship they were so waterlogged that they had to sit to dry out for 6 months before building could proce…

When is it a collection?

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This past weekend I attended an estate sale where I picked up yet ANOTHER cookie jar in the shape of an extant building. This is the Jackson Brewery in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
The workmanship is incredibly detailed and I just thought it was so fascinating and well done I had to have it even though I wasn't familiar with the building (let alone for $5). Ignore the kitchen wall behind which has had the wallpaper peeled from it but hasn't been sanded or painted!
So my question to you is this; now that I have 3 of these cookie jars when does it become a collection?!

Agecroft Hall, Richmond

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While in Richmond I toured a thoroughly unusual house museum, Agecroft Hall.  The house began life in 15th century Lancashire, England, as the home to the Langley and Dauntesey families.  Not many structures in Richmond can boast that (except for their next door neighbor, Virginia House, but more on that later).
By 1925 the house was on the verge of ruin thanks to rampant coal mining on the property which had undermined the structure.   The building was auctioned off to Thomas C. Williams of Richmond. Williams had the dream of creating an ancient tudor village (of grand country houses of course) in Richmond, Virginia of all places.  This plan would become Windsor Farms.
The house was in such poor condition it could not be constructed as it stood in England but rather rooms were imported and all of the building pieces put back together in a general sense but in a way better suited to modern living (bathrooms, closets, etc).  Think of it as a sort of ancient lego system.
This architectural…