Swannanoa Mansion
Sara Riley

Waynesboro, VA

#224 Aug 11, 2009
Hi new to this forum, I live in Waynesboro, I see where lots of people have been married at the mansion, i was wondering if anyone would be willing to share there pictures with me.

Jennette: When visiting Maymount do they offer any information about Swannanoa, and has anyone ever contacted the owner from Maymount about a possible fundraiser?
Sara Riley

Waynesboro, VA

#225 Aug 11, 2009
I am not sure why this is saying that I reside in Ashburn, Va, but i do not, I reside in Waynesboro..........can someone help with this, when I signed up I stated Waynesboro.

Since: Aug 09

Charlottesville, VA

#226 Aug 12, 2009
Linda wrote:
I am not the same person, but I do get an email everytime someone post to this forum that is why I respond so quickly. Ollymo, when one says, "I do not care or am not concerned with the RUssells' it is not censoring the site, or telling you to keep your opinions to yourself, espeicially when it says,'your entittled to your opinion as I am entittled to mine.
True enough, Linda...but you are just not going to let it go, huh?

Since: Aug 09

Charlottesville, VA

#227 Aug 12, 2009
SwannanoalovenSherando wrote:
I dont include the Russells, because I am interested in Swannanoa's hayday years, short lived they may be, but still amazing.....
I understand your passion regarding Swannanoa and the Dooleys. However, please don't tell me who I can comment about. That's all this was about to begin with. You just can't move on, can you? I'd like to perhaps discuss some ideas on how this property might be restored.
JEANETTE

Richmond, VA

#228 Aug 12, 2009
Sara Riley wrote:
Hi new to this forum, I live in Waynesboro, I see where lots of people have been married at the mansion, i was wondering if anyone would be willing to share there pictures with me.
Jennette: When visiting Maymount do they offer any information about Swannanoa, and has anyone ever contacted the owner from Maymount about a possible fundraiser?
Sara,
Visitors to Maymont, taking the Mansion Tour, will get a little bit of info on Swannanoa. IF I am asked about the current and / or other owners or condition, I do mention the Russell'sm golf course, etc. I also mention that "time has not been kind to Swannanoa." But, I also mention, that the beauty of Swannanoa still shines through, because I believe it does! Since the tour is of the Maymont Mansion and the Dooley's, we don't spend alot of time on discussing anything else.
As far as people at Maymont and any fundraisers, I can not answer that. I think Maymont staffers are busy enough with fundraising for Maymont. We are all saddened by the current condition of Swannanoa. We have many staff members that have been at Maymont for over 30 years and are EXTREMELY dedicated to Maymont as well as very passinate about their jobs. They have made Maymont what it is today, as, back in the early 70's, Maymont was showing severe signs of neglect. Several citizens banded together, got money, and I guess you can say, "saved Maymont."
Just a fun note, one of our Mansion volunteers just turned 91 and has volunteered as a house tour guide for over 30 years!! He came to visit Maymont as a young boy, and we ALL love hearing ALL his stories!!!
I know some staffers are still in contact with Dooley's decendants, as well as decedants of the domestic workers of Maymont. They have provided a wealth of inside about the Dooley's as well as Swannanoa.
I also know that some staffers are still in contact with Mr. Dulaney, and Maymont has sponsored tours of Swannanoa.(which I took)
Maymont staffers have also done alot of research on Swannanoa, as well as anything connected to the Dooley's.
I am sorry this is so long, but I was trying to answer a question!
Again, ya'll need to come visit Maymont!! With it's beauty, you can just picture what Swannanoa was like in it's hey day!
SwannanoalovenSh erando

Waynesboro, VA

#229 Aug 12, 2009
I have let it go, I was making a comment to a question asked several days ago.

Jeanette, I know the tour guide in which you are talking about, he gave my last tour that I had taken there, last year, he was great. You are so right, the way Maymont is decorated, and how well the walls and ceilings were preserved. I really like seeing the furniture that came from Swannannoa, the blueprints of Swannanoa, and of course the Swan bed.
Sarahj

Middlesboro, KY

#230 Aug 12, 2009
Someone is messing with this forum. Someone has responded using my name, and misspelled it, and I think they are just posting with rude comments, trying to start trouble so they can sit back and get their kicks. Let's not buy into that!
Sarahj

Middlesboro, KY

#231 Aug 12, 2009
I did not post the comment that has the name 'Saraj'
Sara Jackson

Waynesboro, VA

#232 Aug 13, 2009
Sorry Sarah, but mine is Sara.......I will include my last name, so there is no hard feelings.
Sara Jackson

Waynesboro, VA

#233 Aug 13, 2009
Is Maymount open all year around?
JEANETTE

Richmond, VA

#234 Aug 13, 2009
Sara Jackson wrote:
Is Maymount open all year around?
Yes, Maymont is open year round, EXCEPT Christmas day and I think New Year's Day.
The website is www.maymont.org
there is ALWAYS something going on, for all ages!! It is 100 acres !!! So, wear your walking shoes!
Sarahj

Middlesboro, KY

#235 Aug 13, 2009
sorry, Sara Jackson, my bad. No hard feelings.

Since: Jul 09

Waynesboro VA

#236 Sep 7, 2009
My family visited Swannanoa yesterday by coincidence (there were 'open' signs posted at the entrance to the driveway).

The dates posted are indeed legit, though I wouldn't call it a tour so much as an open house. As others have said, the majority of the upper floor rooms and halls are blocked off and used for storage.

The garden is in a sad state (compared to how I remember it as a kid in the early eighties). But all in all, I think it's still worth the $6, especially if it's your first time.

Does anyone know when the Jesus statue was removed?

One thing I found very interesting was the large, almost medieval-looking tower behind the garden. Does anyone know what it was used for?

Also there was a lot of latin text painted on the walls and engraved in the furniture. I got some photos from my phone but they are probably not detailed enough to get a translation.

One person in our group made a comment about the image (Sally Dooley?) in the window above the staircase. It looked almost as though the body belongs to a man (very rugged looking hands and feet) but the face is of a woman. Not sure if it is original.

I did find out today that my father-in-law's father did some regular construction and maintenance work at Swannanoa. This would probably have been sometime between the 1940s and 1970s.

Though I am disappointed that Mr. Dulaney refuses to take better care of the property or sell it to someone who could afford to do so, it is his right to hold out for an acceptable offer.

In all fairness, he's probably been more hospitable with the estate than I would have been. I have very little tolerance for vandals or trespassers. After the first broken window, I probably would have been tempted to close it off to the public for good. FWIW, there are surveillance cameras up there.
JEANETTE

Richmond, VA

#237 Sep 7, 2009
The image is of Sallie Dooley.
About 3 years ago, I visited Swan. on a tour sponsored by Maymont. Mr Delaney and his sister where there to show us around and answer questions. They were very informed and very nice. I did get the impression they care alot about Swan.
I read on this blog that the house is open every FIRST weekend of the month. do you know if that includes Oct and Nov? Or was it just the summer months.
Nicole Sparks

Richmond, VA

#238 Sep 8, 2009
I am interested in getting married at Swannanoa and would love if you can email any of those pictures to me at [email protected]
Cory Vanderpool wrote:
I was actually married at Swannanoa Palace on July 8 2006. I looked up an down the east coast for the perfect place and came across the palace from a friend's suggestion. I contact the owner and we took a tour...I LOVED IT! I feel a special connection to the palace and did before I got married there. It was the most magical day of my life. The owner and his wife attended the wedding as well and stayed long into the night...we finally left around 2am! He had the biggest smile on his face and said it was the best wedding he had ever been to. He felt like the mansion was alive again like he remembered it years and years ago. I have some amazing pictures that I could share with those interested. I feel so lucky to have been able to get married at such an amazing place that has so much history. Imagine the parties thrown there years ago by the original owners. We partied under a huge white tent under the stars and overlooking the valley. I believe places like this are haunted, but not by negative spirits. They hold the secrets and the stories of those who have lived there and occasionally if we listen closely enough, we can hear them.
Swannanoalovensh erando

Waynesboro, VA

#239 Sep 9, 2009
It is a water tower. It was orginated after a house it Italy, explaining the inscriptions.
SwannanoalovenSh erando

Waynesboro, VA

#240 Sep 9, 2009
The stain glass window is an orginal Tiffany and co window, it is made up of over 4000 pieces, and is all orginal.It is one of the largest Tiffany windows still in perfect condition.
AmberB

Waynesboro, VA

#241 Sep 13, 2009
I just perhaps typed in Swannanoa Mansion & Came acress this lovely board. I just went Saturday (Sept. 12th, 2009) and paid the $6 fee to explore the mansion & grounds of the mansion. I've learned so much about this beautiful place, even though it is in major need of repairs, throughout my life. I've lived in Verona, VA all my life and all of my family members know of Swannanoa. The only paranormal activity that I know of is a family friend has a picture of Sallie May's ghost standing int he drive-way. I love the paranormal, makes me feel at ease that they're still among us and we can feel them around us. I know alot of people don't think there's anything weird going on up there and i don't agree or disagree but I believe in spirits so every place has some kind of paranormal...and I get that feeling from Swannanoa. Anyways, I took a picture of the dates that are open (along with a ton of other pics) for when you can take the "tour". It's not really a tour because they let you explore everything yourself. The dates I have from the big sign at the window near the door are: October 3-4 & 10-11 2009, November 7-8 2009, April 10-11 2010, May 1-2 2010, June 5-6 2010, July 3-4 2010, and August 7-8 & 14-15 2010. Open from 12 til 5:30. The one older gentleman that was there answering a few questions and sharing stories said that they have weddings from time to time and the cheapest wedding they've had there was $3,000 while the most expensive was $45,000! He was very nice and sadly I can't remember his name. I was told the Tiffany window of Sallie May is unbreakable, but it's so beautiful even to this day! I have a ton of pictures I took...so sad on the shape of everything but if anyone would like to share or would like to see them you can contact me @ [email protected] I don't check my e-mail as often as I should lol I'm still fascinated with this place even though I'm only 21 years old and didn't get to see it in all of its glory...I bet it was extraordinary! I get goosebumps everytime my mom & I go up there. We're going again next weekend to get more pictures and whatnot. I think it's something everyone should see. You never know what may happen to it the way historic buildings are nowadays.
SwannanoalovenSh erando

Waynesboro, VA

#242 Sep 14, 2009
Swannanoa is a magical place, it has its own special something going on up there. If you go back this weekend you should visit the stables, if you travel behind the house and go up the left side of the garden you will come to a gate, with a passage around the side of it, you will walk a little bit then the path will open up and you will see the stables, and its not just a barn, it is the most extrodinary stables you will ever see, the upstairs is where the 'help' would have stayed, there was a fire many, many years ago, that burnt the attic floor, but it is four stories tall and almost as big as the house.
AmberB

Waynesboro, VA

#243 Sep 14, 2009
Thanks a bunch!!! I'll definetly go see the stables the next time I go. We tried to find them but my mom couldn't remember where they were b/c it's been THAT long since she was up there visiting. I'm even more excited now lol Thanks!!!!

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