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Swannanoa Palace, Afton

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  • Was there once in the late 70"s when I was a teenager and received a 2 dollar tour from Lao Russell. I remember how grand the place looked with beautiful gardens out back complete with marble and gran...  more »
  • Checked website to make sure it was open. Drove from Richmond only to find it was closed. A young lady yelling out the car window informed us, I suppose someone had not updated the site. It is closed ...  more »
  • Used to be fun, but the "tour" now only includes a small handful of ground-floor rooms. Stay away! The owner was rude when I expressed my displeasure and asked for my money back.  more »
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  • 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.

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