Meet the new kids at Maymont

Free Press staff report | 3/28/2024, 6 p.m.
Maymont welcomed three baby Tennessee domestic goats to Maymont Farm just in time for spring.
There are three new kids at Maymont—Bunny, Berry and Birdy. The kids are about 3 or 4 months old and range in color from light tan to white. Photo by Regina H. Boone

Maymont welcomed three baby Tennessee domestic goats to Maymont Farm just in time for spring.

The new trio — Bunny, Berry and Birdy — was born this winter and will be visiting Maymont for a few weeks from their home on a Hanover County farm. They will be on view daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in March and April, including Spring Break Week, April 1-5. The baby goats will be a highlight of the annual Dominion Energy Family Easter on Saturday, March 30, which is expanding this year to include activities and entertainment at the Farm, the Robins Nature Center and the Carriage House Lawn, according to Maymont officials.

Free parking is available at the Farm lot at 1001 Spottswood Road. Admission to Maymont is free and a suggested $5 donation is welcome. Maymont is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from March to October, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from November to February.

The three kids are a Tennessee domestic goat breed that have different color variations.

Bunny and Berry are females with light tan coats and Birdy is a male with a white coat.

The kiddos will socialize with Maymont’s current goat herd, which includes three different breeds: Nigerian dwarf, pygmy and hybrid goats.

“Baby animals help Maymont’s environmental educators teach visitors about the seasonal nature of animal life cycles,” said Krista Weatherford, director of Programming and Community Engagement. “Seeing very young animals along with mature animals gives a wider understanding of life on a farm.”

Along with the goats, Maymont Farm is home to horses, cows, sheep, alpacas, pigs, chickens, ducks and a Sicilian donkey. Guests can purchase tokens for feed pellets for the cows, sheep and goats.

Guests who would like to help feed and care for the new babies and the rest of the Maymont animal family are encouraged to donate to the Adopt an Animal program.