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“Must See in Afton!”
Review of Swannanoa Palace

Swannanoa Palace
NoVA
Level 6 Contributor
165 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Must See in Afton!”
Reviewed June 1, 2013

I have made 2 visits to Swannanoa Palace in the last 3 years. A one time beautiful 23,000 sq. ft. mansion built in 1912. Quite a history of ownership (and non-ownership) that is part of the reason that is has areas that are in need of repair. The $6 open house (self guided tour) is worth the price to see the efforts of 300 artisans that created this beauty from the "gilded age".

Visited May 2013
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Charlottesville, Virginia
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Gracefull Beauty”
Reviewed May 13, 2013

The romantic story on who and why it was built fascinated me. It is a beautiful and private location that has a very calming affect on you when you enter the building. I hope the people that just purchased it keeps it open and affordable for anyone to enjoy it. It should be well kept and shared with others. It is definitely a place to see.

Visited December 2012
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2 Thank evelynm434
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VA
Level 6 Contributor
175 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“This ONCE was an awesome place! However,,,,”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

I've been here before and most recently to attend a wedding. I've taken the $6.00 tour, which has gone down hill!.. When we first went in the front door it smelled like cat urine! YUCK! I met the person that owns this place and he is basically collecting the entry fee to help and pay for the $30,000 per year taxes. Or at least that was the story told to me! Once upon a time I could have just pictured this place the most awesome place on the Blue Ridge Mtns. If you have never been then see when they have viewings and attend just so you can say you saw this place. Warning! This place is starting to FALL apart! What a shame. If you have plenty of funds then buy this place and fix it up the way it once was! hehehe...

Visited October 2012
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Staunton, Virginia
Level 5 Contributor
96 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Crumbling Grandeur”
Reviewed January 13, 2013

It's difficult to rate this place--there's no doubt that it was once a grand and opulent estate, with magnificent amounts of marble, and fine woodwork. The property shows hints of how the wealthy lived when it was built, and It's worth a visit when "open." The charge to see it isn't exorbitant, but it's somewhat depressing to see the crumbling state of the place, the junk that should be cleaned out, and the lack of care. I've read articles about the owner's struggle to "restore" the property, but the only apparent evidence is roof work, and propping up of failing structural elements. What was supposedly a distillery during prohibition on the property has clearly become a haven for trespassers, and mold. No attempt has been made to gate off the front entrance--granted, this would only restrict the law-abiding--and it's clear that trespassers regularly visit and have stolen marble blocks, etc. from the site. This could be a wonderful location for weddings, as a B&B, and/or restaurant, but one wonders if it could be licked into shape for less than a million or so dollars. It's an interesting visit, and somewhat tantalizing, since much of it is locked, but the place is definitely a sad relict.

Visited October 2012
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