Over Here: The WWI Home Front
As part of the national centennial observance of World War I, Maymont Mansion provides a glimpse into the war’s effect on the household of James and Sallie Dooley and other Richmonders. In April 1917, America found itself drawn into WWI, and despite warnings from some – including business leader Major James H. Dooley – soon discovered it was unprepared for the magnitude of this undertaking. Visit the Dooleys’ Gilded Age home to see how citizens rallied to support the war effort, from Major Dooley’s financial support with the largest purchase of Liberty Bonds in Virginia, to the immensely important patriotic activities of women, to the domestic staff who enlisted. Through authentic poster art, historical images of Richmonders engaged in the war effort, period dress including an Army uniform worn by a University of Virginia student who gave his life to the war, popular patriotic songs of the day, and other displays, Maymont Mansion tells the story of this turbulent time that touched everyone on the American home front and brought the Gilded Age to a close.