Open Tuesday-Sunday, 12-5pm. Step through the basement door and into the lives of the Dooleys' domestic staff - the butler, cook, housemaid, laundress, lady's maid, chauffeur and others - who maintained the 33-room mansion and the Dooleys' luxurious lifestyle from 1893 to 1925. In eight newly restored period rooms, guests can see artifact-rich displays, interpretive panels with period images and interactive media that bring to life the daily rhythms of domestic work during an era of dramatic economic, social and technological changes. It's the Virginia version of "Upstairs Downstairs" - a fascinating look at how two distinct perspectives made up the whole, how two worlds joined under one roof and how one could not exist without the other. Tours offered on the hour and half hour.
Admission Fee: $5 suggested donation
Last Updated: 7/23/2012 10:47 AM