James Henry Dooley, the son of wealthy Irish immigrants, was born January 17, 1841. On May 5, 1862, during the Civil War, he was wounded at the Battle of Williamsburg, captured and confined in prison for a short time. Upon his release he worked in the Confederate Ordnance Department in Richmond.
After the War, Dooley further increased his fortune by speculating in real estate and becoming involved in railroads, steel and banking.
To show off his wealth, in 1893 he and his wife Sallie built their elaborate Gilded Age estate on a site high above the James River in Richmond, Virginia, and called it Maymont. This 100-acre Victorian estate contains not only the mansion, but gardens, water falls, animals, and furniture from all over the world.
From gilded wall paperTo opulent furniture
Even their archways had stained glass
And of course, a comfortable bed
Throughout my travels, I have seen hundreds of lily pads, but no frogs on them. I am wondering if this is a myth.