Swannanoa Palace Open House

Swannanoa Palace
Swannanoa Palace
497 Swannanoa Lane
Afton, VA 22920
Region Central Virginia
Locality Nelson
Saturday, October 10, 2015 - Sunday, October 11, 2015 (11:30 AM-5:30 PM)
Saturday, October 17, 2015 - Sunday, October 18, 2015 (11:30 AM-5:30 PM)
Saturday, October 24, 2015 - Sunday, October 25, 2015 (11:30 AM-5:30 PM)
Saturday, November 07, 2015 - Sunday, November 08, 2015 (11:30 AM-5:30 PM)
Swannanoa Palace: (540) 942-5201

Major James Dooley, an executive with the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Company, completed construction of the $2 million Swannanoa in 1912. Dooley, who owned the Maymont estate is Richmond, built this 52-room marble palace as a token of love for his wife, Sally May. More than 300 artisans were hired to create the palace as a replica of the Villa de Medici in Rome. They used the highest quality materials available. Visitors today can still see the depth of James and Sally May's relationship is places like the 4,000 piece Tiffany stained-glass window and a domed ceiling bearing the likeness of Mrs. Dooley. The name Swannanoa comes from Mrs. Dooley's fondness for swans, which she liked because they choose their mates for a lifetime. For information on group tours or events call 540-942-5201.


Last Updated: 5/22/2015 2:21 PM
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