The Details

Swannanoa was built in 1911 by Major James H. Dooley atop the Blue Ridge at Afton Mountain. It is an Italianate marble villa with commanding views of the Shenandoah and Rockfish Valleys. Extensive terraced gardens with statues and marble walls surround the palace. It has been used as a retreat, a clubhouse, and a philosophy institute and is presently under restoration by the owner.

It is only open to the public on selected weekends during the spring, summer and fall.  Schedule available at Nelson County Visitor Center: 434-263-7015.

Contact Information

497 Swannanoa Lane
Afton, Virginia 22920