2020 Season has been delayed.....

During these times, we have made the decision to remain CLOSED to the general public until further notice to ensure safety for all. We are available for PRIVATE bookings such as tours, photo shoots, weddings, etc. that maintain social distancing guidelines and 10 guest or less.

Please contact us for further booking details!

About us

Swannanoa was built in 1912 by James Dooley for his wife, Sallie May Dooley. The Dooleys built the beautiful Maymont as their permanent residence but built this exquisite 23, 000 square foot marble mansion on Afton mountain to use as their summer home to beat the heat and humidity of Richmond. The exterior is white Georgian marble from the US while all the interior is Italian imported marble. The Tiffany stained glass window at the top of the grand staircase is of Sallie May, his wife and is the largest Tiffany found in any private home in America.

Swannanoa is now a privately owned historical venue only open to the public select weekends May-November for historical tours. Get your opportunity to see an exclusive glimpse of a pre-restoration home and what the test of time can do especially after laying completely abandoned for 12 years after The Great Depression.

We also offer privately booked weddings, special events, photoshoots, conferences, parties, etc.

Come book your special day with us! Our wedding package information

Providing a unique historical location to our local community as we try and preserve "The Jewel of the Blue Ridge"