We toured the home in its Victorian Christmas splendor, so our review is a bit seasonal. We loved the self-guided basement kitchen and service areas, which offered a good perspective on the behind scenes life at such a mansion in the Gilded Era. The main house was very interesting, as is the story of the Dooleys, but we really enjoyed some of the little Christmas traditions we learned about and saw. I admit it helps I"m in the midst of learning more about this particular era of American history and I have a background in architecture, but we weren't the only young couple enjoying the history and architecture. The park in which the mansion is situated is expansive and serene, but the eclectic gardens and water features in the rear of the house were fantastic. We didn't know about this place before visiting Richmond, but we were glad to discover it during our trip. Timing it with the Christmas display was just good fortune. All said, I'd agree this is more for adults; most of the kids we saw were outside in the gardens and around the pond/Japanese tea garden/waterfall area. The "fee" is really a donation, one we gladly made.
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