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Swannanoa Palace, Afton

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  • Although this "villa" is in disrepair, please understand that the owners (who are up there in age) are using their personal money to try and restore this magnificent building. We toured the house with...  more »
  • Visited this historic home on a beautiful day in the Shenandoah Valley. You can get off interstate 64 and make a quick visit on a weekend when they are open. You get to walk around the ground floor an...  more »
  • I would not say this is a palace, more like a manor. Not very visitor friendly with No Trespassing signs posted every where. Our Inn hosts said it was okay to visit, but it was not welcoming.  more »
  • I lived there for one year 78-79 so I know it extremely well. The safest place one could ever live. It used to be filled with extraordinary art work. We had speakers on the roof and used to play beautiful organ concertos all day long. There was a 20 ft high statue of Jesus in the middle of the garden. Sadly it was removed sometime after Mrs. Russell passed away. Anyone who ever met Lao Russell when they visited there will never forget their experience thats for certain. For those people who say its haunted I can only say it might be visited by angels I don't know.
  • Very interesting place with lots of history. Needs a lot of repairs tho. Signs on front of building say only open May -Oct but couldn't find that anywhere online. Ignore all the No Trespassing signs - you are on the right road. Just did a drive by look this time around.
  • Beautiful palace. Gorgeous views and surroundings. So sad to see it crumbling away.
  • Cool looking mansion and grounds.
  • Interesting place to visit but most areas of buildings are closed down to the public. Needs some maintenance all around.