Do you have a smartphone? If you do, Maymont has started a smartphone scavenger hunt!
Maymont is a city park, former home of Major James Dooley and his wife, Sallie. The house itself is built in the style of the Newport RI “cottages” or mansions, though on a slightly smaller scale. This scavenger hunt, called the Seven Wonders of Maymont, encourages visitors to explore the entire park. You’ll have to check in at seven locations: The Nature Center, Children’s Farm, Birds of Prey, Japanese Garden, Italian Garden, Carriage House, and yes – even the Mansion itself. If you visit with your friends, BUMP phones with them to get extra points. Other additional points can be gained by fulfilling challenges like taking photos like doing yoga in the Japanese Garden, or uploading comments like making animal noises at the farm, or scanning QR codes strategically placed around the grounds and features.
The SCVNGR app also lets you create challenges to share. So you have to download the SCVNGR app and a bar code scanning app to fully participate. To begin using SCVNGR, a smartphone application that combines the social media aspects of FourSquare with a scavenger hunt, a barcode is input into your phone at the visitor’s center at the mansion. So, check in and add an element of technology to your visit to Richmond’s Gilded Age.
Maymont is just down Meadow Street from the historic Fan District, that turn-of-the-century (19th to 20th, that is) neighborhood with residential uses, shopping, galleries, and neighborhood eateries. The Fan is also home to Richmond’s premier bed and breakfast, home of the hearty gourmet breakfast. It’s definitely “a better way to stay” that lets you experience local life in Richmond’s foremost neighborhood. And, we’re not the B&B of yesteryear, we have free Wi-Fi and all the amenities today’s travelers have come to expect!