Fallen palace: Swannanoa still stunning, despite disrepair
The Hook recently had a chance to tour Swannanoa, the sumptuous but decaying 1912 Italianate palace on Afton Mountain, which current owner James F. “Phil” Dulaney opened for tours in mid-April. Dulaney told the Hook that he has “a lot of plans” for the building, but so far, after owning it since 1942 with a consortium of others–- including long-time friend Wendell Wood, who happens to be busy building his own palace on Carter Mountain–- no plans have materialized.
The house, located atop Afton Mountain, will be open June 5-6, July 3-4, August 7-8 and 14-15, September 4-5 and 11-12, October 2-3, 9-10, and 16-17 from noon to 5pm with an admission fee of $6 and kids free. Tickets sold on site. 540-942-5201.