Maymont is the estate of wealthy railroad magnate James H. Dooley. Built in the late nineteenth century, it is lavish yet comfortable. The house combines many influences, especially French Art Nouveau. Carved wood, fanlights of stained glass, and finely crafted wood furniture highlight the furnishings. It was an early adopter of electricity throughout its construction, and even employs an elevator.
The gardens at Maymont are made up of several groups, featuring a Japanese garden with a huge waterfall and an Italian garden. Various animals are kept in another part of the estate. These include ducks, chickens, pigs, and goats in the farm pans, and foxes, bears, cattle, bison, and elk in large paddocks.