Monday, August 30, 2010

Maury Place Kitchen Featured in November Issue of Remodel Magazine

We just received this week advance copies of the November issue of Remodel magazine that will feature an article about our kitchen at Maury Place. The article is on pages 100-105 and features several wonderful pictures by Tony Giammarino, who took the Maury Place pictures featured on our website! The article features comments from Mark Franko, of Franko-LaFratta Construction, and Ellen Norris, of Caryatid Interiors. The article is also located on the Media page of our website.

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepersat Maury Place at Monument

Friday, August 13, 2010

VMFA's Tiffany Exhibit estimates about "25,000 in attendance…"

…and that was two weeks ago, before they expected a spike in attendance prior to the exhibit's closing this Sunday, August 15.
How lucky for Richmond – credit to the VMFA, of course - to have hosted such a fabulous, breathtaking, eye-opening exhibit at the newly-expanded and twice bigger, amply more accessible VMFA! "It’s Your Art," they keep saying, and the Tiffany Exhibit was, indeed, Richmond’s tourist beacon over the summer, accessible to the world! How little we knew about the breadth and depth of Louis Comfort Tiffany and how enlightened we are by this wonderful exhibit.
Maury Place was one among many host sites for visitors coming to Richmond by plane, train, and automobile, expressly to see the Tiffany Exhibit. And not one guest was displeased, disappointed, or disenchanted. It was a smash hit by all accounts. And so were all of us associated with it.
Bad news: it will be gone, and too soon, but the good news is there will remain several major Tiffany objects in this exhibit that came from the VMFA’s own permanent collection - Tiffany’s "Lava" bowl; the "Cobweb" and "Dragonfly" table lamps; a mosaic sample, the "pair of candlesticks," the "dressing table mirror with peacock feather decoration," an inkwell, a covered box, a bronze and glass candlestick, the famous "Punch bowl with three ladles" shown at the Paris Expedition in 1900, and last but not least, a tea screen. In all, some 14 major Tiffany objects will be returned not to Montreal, not to New York, not to Paris, but to a gallery down the hall at the VMFA.

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Maury Stained-Glass Windows in St. Paul's Episcopal Church

We recently learned from guests visiting Richmond for the VMFA’s Tiffany exhibit and after they had toured other local Tiffany glass venues in the City, that among some 28 stained-glass windows in nearby St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, including ten Tiffany windows, are two windows installed and dedicated to three members of the Matthew Fontaine Maury family: Richard Launcelot Maury, his son, Matthew Fontaine Maury II, his grandson, and Susan Elizabeth Maury, mother of Matthew Fontaine Maury II and widow of Richard Launcelot Maury.

Located on the lower West side of the Sanctuary, the first Maury window is just inside the Narthex (LW1). Entitled Jesus on the Road to Emmaus, the window is dedicated “to the praise of God and the memory of Richard Launcelot Maury (1840-1907) and Matthew Fontaine Maury II (1863-1908).” According to records, they died “nine weeks apart.”

Richard Launcelot Maury was a Confederate veteran, a colonel in the 24th Virginia regiment, and he was a member of St. Paul’s, one of the founders of the St. Paul’s Endowment Fund in 1905, established at that time “to provide for the preservation of the church should the parish suffer significant membership loss.” Installed in 1910, the window was donated by Susan Maury and produced by the American Window Department of the Gorham Manufacturing Company, an American company best known for its silver products.

Two years later, in 1912, the second “Maury” window was donated by the daughter of Susan and Richard Maury, Anne H. Maury, and dedicated to the memory of her mother. It, too, was crafted by the Gorham Company and depicts “The Angel of Peace,” a visual interpretation of the window’s inscription, taken from Psalm 29: “The Lord Will Bless His People with Peace.” Fittingly, the church decided to locate the Susan E. Maury window directly above her husband's and son's, on the upper level and west side of the Sanctuary (UW1).
These and all of the stained glass windows in St. Paul’s have been included in a descriptive four-color book they published recently, called “Windows of Grace – a Tribute of Love,” will help raise funds for their preservation.

Travelers with an interest in Matthew Fontaine Maury will enjoy staying at our historic inn, which overlooks the Maury statue on Monument Avenue. Richmond visitors interested in Tiffany Glass have a short time remaining to see the Tiffany Exhibition at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, showing through August 15, 2010.

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument

Friday, August 6, 2010

Richmond Travel Videos | Maury Place at Monument

We have just updated our media page, which features 6 videos about Maury Place at Monument. We have organized our video page to make it more user friendly.  If you haven't viewed them before, we hope you will enjoy these videos featuring Richmond and our bed and breakfast.

Maury Place Video

This fun two minute video introduces you to Maury Place at Monument!

Photo Room Tour

This photo slideshow features our rooms and decor, including our four guest suites and luxury amenities. (1 minute 49 seconds)

Renovating Maury Place at Monument

Before and after photos of our 2008 renovation of our historic inn.

Innkeepers TV Interview

Innkeepers Jeff and Mac interviewed by local TV station WTVR about .  

The Maury Place Inn Dogs

Photos of Inn Dogs Chico and Lucy.

River City Rap

Enjoy this video showcasing Richmond Virginia.

We hope you enjoy these videos.  Coming soon is a video featuring Monument Avenue!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

27th Annual Carytown Watermelon Festival This Sunday, August 8!

Now in its 27th year, the Carytown Watermelon Festival is the largest festival of its kind in the United States.  It is also one of the largest one-day local music festivals in the country, with approximately 100+ musical acts in 8 hours on 8 different stages!   Plus lots of watermelon will be on hand!!  Carytown's Mile of Style is just a short walk or drive from Maury Place and is the destination of choice for dining and shopping in Richmond.  Over 2500 watermelons will be consumed and musicians of all sorts will be featured throughout the day.  Over 115,000 folks will be there to enjoy this August Richmond tradition!  In addition to some of Richmond's favorite restaurants, over twenty different vendors will be offering an array of mouthwatering global and local cuisine.  Also drop into any Carytown hotspot for a watermelon inspired cocktail!  Proceeds from the festival will benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children, the only multi-hospital pediatric system in the United States providing healthcare and treatment free of charge for children up to 18  years old.  Check out for more Carytown information.

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument