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wbr

Culpeper, VA

#368 Mar 30, 2012
MHS

Lynchburg, VA

#369 Apr 7, 2012
Today is the first day of open house at Swannanoa. Hope I can make there this year!
Visiting again

Waynesboro, VA

#370 Apr 15, 2012
Melissa wrote:
It is such a shame how Phil Delaney has allowed everything to turn to trash. I remember coming to the Valley in the summers with my Grandmother to visit family, and I remember the beauty. I remember eating at the HoJo and all the gift shops.
I went there today to show my significant other the hotel because I kept saying how wonderful it would be to own it. Of course it's not for sale. It's a shame that the community doesn't get involved and make him bring the buildings to code and restore the beauty.
So sad to see everything turn to trash. I can't imagine what tourists think when they come of 64.
Visiting here again as I have over the years. I've been up that way 2 times this month and never looked at the old hotel area. I was busy looking at the road signs and the beauty of the valley. I guess some won't be happy until there's a huge hotel there and so much traffic you can't get on and off the parkway. Sometimes us tourist want to get away from the city lights. From reading these forums it looks like someone with $ in their eye balls wants Mr Delaney's property. I think a huge hotel/gift/ect place would make me choose to vacate elsewhere. I know don't let the door hit me.....
WWJ

Richmond, VA

#371 May 16, 2012
Thomas wrote:
Went to Swananoa a couple of times, first I was a guest, then I brought a guest. Funny how the place beckons you to return, and want to share the existence and knowledge that seem to have been gathered in its walls. The serene beauty of the palace along with its gardens were forever etched into my memory, and of course who could forget the giant Christ statue. I have often shared a bit of not so trivial knowledge imparted by a tour guide when visiting for my first time. The guide was a young woman whom I thought Mrs. Russell introduced as having been from U.VA. This was probably about 1978. Part of the information shared was the Mansion/Palace had been built exactly the elevation and distance necessary to survive a direct nuclear hit on Washington,D.C. Does anyone else recall ever having heard this? The deterioration or neglect others have written in the forum saddens me a great deal, even though I was raised in Northern Va.I spent a great deal of time in the Shenendoah Mtns. and went to Madison College. There are few places in this country that could even come close to the beauty of the Blue Ridge merging with Skyline Drive. Oh yea, when s**t does hit the fan, bring your own sleeping bag and flask.
It was built before nuclear weapons were even considered - in the early 1900s. Was completed in 1916 so the story of it being built to avoid nuclear attack has to be false.
Kristy

Wardensville, WV

#372 May 22, 2012
does anyone know thecontact info on it now for tours ?
Charles Hardy Walpole MA

Canton, MA

#373 Jul 12, 2012
Reading these posts I can see how extensive is the ignorance of the Russells. Theirs is a natural philosophy, an interpretation of nature to be weighed and considered. It contains no belief system, so it's not a religion. It raises no one as an idol to be worshipped, so its not a cult. But there are observations of nature in Russell's cosmogony that are mind-boggling. Instead of making up stories about ghosts in the old palace, I suggest looking into the Russell's natural philosophy. If you knew Dr. Russell as I did as a teenager, you would never refer to his writings as mumbo-jumbo, or dismiss him and Lao as charlatans.
Read my recent biography: "A Worthy Messenger: the Life's Work of Walter Russell"(2010). It is available at www.philosophy.org .
harley_ultra

Salem, VA

#374 Jul 14, 2012
ashley wrote:
Does anyone know a number to call to get a tour of the mansion?
The owner is Mr.Phil Delaney who also owns and operates Charlottesville Oil, Charlottesville, Va. He also has his office at Charlottesville Oil. You can find him at AFTON INN on top of Afton Mountain. He owns that also. But you are most likely going to catch him at his Oil business. Good Luck.....
Jeanettejb

Richmond, VA

#375 Jul 14, 2012
WWJ wrote:
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It was built before nuclear weapons were even considered - in the early 1900s. Was completed in 1916 so the story of it being built to avoid nuclear attack has to be false.
the mansion was completed about 1913.
Friend of Owner

Louisa, VA

#377 Oct 21, 2012
Yes the place is falling apart. It is 100 years old after all. The economy isn't that great either as we all know. For those that don't know, the present owner has serious health problems. He has also put well over 3 million into restorations already just in the last 4 years. This is his money...it isn't coming from any outside source other than the tours he has at certain times of the year (which is only $6.00 per adult), and a wedding here and there. That doesn't add up that fast. I know the owner personally, and to be honest, am getting tired of seeing people complaining on how the owner is letting it fall apart. I see it everywhere you go on the internet.
How bout contributing to the cause. You all make it sound like it's so easy to get it back to the way it was. Send your donations, and lets see this beautiful place get restored.
Visiting again

Waynesboro, VA

#378 Oct 23, 2012
I actually had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Delaney in Waynesboro about 2 months ago. He seemed like a very nice man and he did mention his health is bad. I hope to visit Swananoa real soon. Lot of history there. Be nice if people would stop stealing and vandalizing the place.
MHS

Lynchburg, VA

#379 Oct 23, 2012
Speaking of vandals, is that what happened to the Christ of the Blue Ridge statue? Maybe the USP has it in storage instead. One can only hope.
randi adlon

Redondo Beach, CA

#380 Dec 12, 2012
AshleyM wrote:
Mariel: I will email you pics tomorrow night! I just went to Swannanoa this past weekend and it was amazing! I was told it was expensive to have a wedding there by a previous person posting but it is actually not...and I now have a lot of information about the place if anyone else needs it.
HI! I am VERY interested! Please let me know all the information you have whenever you get a chance. brnidgrl@hotmail.com
Thank you SO much!!
Jeanette Blaylock

Richmond, VA

#381 Dec 13, 2012
I do not have any info regarding getting married there. I do know a girl that got married there a few years ago. I will see if I can get in touch with her for any info.
I will post any info, IF I get it.
SwannanoalovenSh erando

Waynesboro, VA

#382 Jan 4, 2013
DEAR FRIEND OF DULANEY, THATS CRAP, DULANEY HAS BEEN OFFERED HELP, HE HAS BEEN OFFERED MONEY, IF HE CANT AFFORD THE UPKEEP THE SWANNANOA THEN HE SHOULD HAVE TAKEN THE OFFER TO SELL IT ALONG TIME AGO!!!!!!!!!!
SwannanoalovenSh erando

Waynesboro, VA

#383 Jan 16, 2013
AND I WAS JUST UP THERE ON SUNDAY JANUARY 13 I WANTED TO CRY, THE COLUMNS ALONG THE WALKWAY IN THE GARDEN HAVE FALLEN DOWN AND THEY ARE LEFT TO JUST LAY WHERE THEY CRUMBLED, IT IS A SHAME, ACTUALLY SHAME IS NOT EVEN THE WORD IT IS DEVASTING TO SEE IT, I HATE WHAT HE HAS ALLOWED BECOME OF THE UNIQUE SWANNANOA....AND HE SAYS HE LOVES IT.....AND ANYONE DEFENDING HIM SHAME ON YOU!!!!!!!!
Britt

Washington, DC

#384 Feb 11, 2013
AshleyM wrote:
It is exactly $3000 no more and no less to have your wedding there. I spoke with the owner just last weekend and that is what I was told.
Hi Ashley - I am wondering if you ended up having your wedding at Swannanoa? I just discovered it and I love it! If you have any advice or insight into having a wedding there, I would really appreciate it! My email is willi31@gmail.com.
Mountaintop

Waynesville, MO

#385 Feb 12, 2013
Charles Hardy Walpole MA wrote:
Reading these posts I can see how extensive is the ignorance of the Russells. Theirs is a natural philosophy, an interpretation of nature to be weighed and considered. It contains no belief system, so it's not a religion. It raises no one as an idol to be worshipped, so its not a cult. But there are observations of nature in Russell's cosmogony that are mind-boggling. Instead of making up stories about ghosts in the old palace, I suggest looking into the Russell's natural philosophy. If you knew Dr. Russell as I did as a teenager, you would never refer to his writings as mumbo-jumbo, or dismiss him and Lao as charlatans.
Read my recent biography: "A Worthy Messenger: the Life's Work of Walter Russell"(2010). It is available at www.philosophy.org .
Agreed! The worst post in this thread is by someone who admitted in it they have not even read any of the material. Universal Law, Natural Science and Living Philosophy are the foundation of the Russell Teachings. And if the current owner followed those teachings, Swannanoa would still be glorious and beautiful today. www.thesecretoflight.com for more info on the teaching of the Russell's in video format.
mom of groom

Salem, VA

#386 Feb 28, 2013
randi adlon wrote:
<quoted text>
HI! I am VERY interested! Please let me know all the information you have whenever you get a chance. brnidgrl@hotmail.com
Thank you SO much!!
Can you contact me about info you have about details for a wedding there.
Casey

Charlottesville, VA

#387 Mar 9, 2013
trish wrote:
if theres anyone who knows the story on how the girl died i would love to hear it. it has peeked my interest so much i just want to learn more and more about it not only is it a beautiful place it is also a historic place with alot of past email me at gothicrdream88@aol.com
if anyone has any information about this i'd love to hear it! please email me at casey.walton87@gmail.com
Joseph

Chiba, Japan

#388 Apr 3, 2013
sarah j wrote:
just found this forum!! How interesting! I grew up in waynesboro 1960 until 1976. My dad worked at the News Virginian and also built custom cabinetry. He worked at Swannanoa one summer when I was 10 years old. He took me with him and I was free to explore. I would wander the gardens, sneak into the house, peak in the windows, etc. This was during the 'heyday' of the University of Science and Philosophy. Mrs. Russell was, through the eyes of young girl, like a character from a movie. I have such spectacular memories. Fast forward about 30 years. I go home to visit and take my children to
see Swannanoa. Imagine my dissapointment to find it run down, badly in need of repair and not the
spectacular place that I saw through the eyes of a child.I mentioned this to my mom, who also grew up in Waynesboro and she told me that she had a book written by Mrs. Russell and signed. We went through the attic and found the book simply entitled "Love". Finding this forum has sparked an interest in finding out more about the Russells and Swannanoa. I have discovered quite a lot if anyone is interested.
I would love to hear any and all stories about this mansion since i have had revelation that either I was Walter Russel or at least I was very close friends of his in my past life. There are too many coincidences and because of that I have just found out about this great man. This is not a joke and quite serious matter for me.

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