We’ve just recently returned from a two-week road trip from Omaha to the east coast to visit relatives and friends, a wonderful journey of 4,108 miles. One of the places we visited was the Maymont Estate in Richmond, Virginia. The Romanesque-style mansion on the 100-acre property was completed by James Henry and Sallie May Dooley in 1893. Major Dooley died in 1922 and upon the death of Mrs. Dooley in 1925, the estate was bequeathed to the city of Richmond. There were no heirs to parcel the land or distribute the contents of the mansion, and it was opened as a public park and museum, virtually intact, only six months later. When we visited the grounds last week, in a light rain, I was particularly enchanted by the lovely Japanese garden. Japanese maples have long been among my favorite trees, and the ones thriving here were nothing short of spectacular. It provided a welcome haven of serenity. Please click on a photo for a higher-resolution image.