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Swannanoa Palace Open House

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Event:
Swannanoa Palace Open House
Start:
August 10, 2014 11:30 am
End:
August 10, 2014 5:30 pm
Venue:
Swannanoa Palace
Phone:
540-942-5201
Website:
Swannanoa Palace
Address:

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497 Swannanoa Lane, Afton, VA, 22920

Swannanoa imageSwannanoa Palace Open House 11:30AM to 5:30PM. 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 in 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 in 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. Fee. 540-942-5201