My husband & I honeymooned at Afton in August 1974 & met Mrs. Lao Russell when we toured Swannanoa Palace. We bought her book "Love" & she signed it for us! The tour guide there that day was quite surprised when Mrs. Russell appeared & spoke with us as she later told us she rarely made appearances during tour hours from where she lived upstairs. I treasured it & when we left Virginia for our new station in Hawaii (my husband is retired Air Force), they lost our household goods & our book! I've been searching for it all these years & have yet to find it! We wanted to go back this year for our 40th anniversary & this is SO sad to see this magnificent place in such condition. We realize it's a huge mansion to care for, but, couldn't it be sold & included somehow in the National Registry for Historic Places & cared for? This just made me cry as we remember how beautiful it once was - - - "heaven on the mountain" is what we always called it.