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Swannanoa Palace, Afton

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Tourist Spots
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3/5 based on 50+ reviews on the web
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  • We visited on a rainy October morning, and the house was set up for a wedding, so obviously nobody was there to give a tour. Hours of operation are completely unpredictable since the tours are given b...  read more »
  • Just kidding (I hope). Swannanoa is one of only 4 privately owned marble mansions in North America. In its heyday it rivaled the Newport, RI mansions. It was build by a railroad tycoon in 1912/1913, a...  read more »
  • I Wish they could restore it like they did with the Maymont property, it's a really beautiful house and something makes me wish they had preserved this property AND Maymont the same way. Such elegance...  read more »
  • Beautiful mansion that is worth seeing. Admission fee is reasonable and details of home are exquisite. The Georgian white Marble is a show stopper. See the impeccable craftsmanship in the home and attention to details.
  • Very sad to see how it was allowed to become run down. See it before you go to Maymont if you can.
  • Fascinating real estate. Rode (wint?) up, just out've curiosity, after a six-plus hr ride on the BRP. Plenty of strong energy radiating from this place. The broken Big Wheel along the side of the property lends volumes to the descriptive storytelling potential of this place (see Burnt Offerings).
  • It's a breathtaking experience. Memories made!
  • Swannanoa is a magnificent visage of what once was! If you like visiting old historical houses, this might be for you. The place was originally built by the Dooleys as their summer home, but after their passing it was owned by multiple others, and it was even completely abandoned for many years and was vandalized to some extent. It's a miracle anything at all survived, and even greater miracle that the immense stained glass Tiffany window in the house survived intact. When I visited it, the tour was self-guided, and many rooms throughout the house were closed, either for being unsafe or undergoing restoration. Make no mistake, the place is pretty much a ruin; if you want to see a pristine Gilded Age mansion, visit Maymont in Richmond. The staff handling admissions was quite lovely and friendly. It's a bit off the proverbial beaten path, so it takes some planning to go there; it isn't something I see people doing on a whim, but the property is worth visiting. It is also rumored to be haunted, by the way, and I totally believe that!
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