There is a marble palace that sits atop Afton Mountain, its grounds and 52 rooms uninhabited, worn by time and neglect. Swannanoa Mansion was built in 1912 by James H. Dooley, a major in the Confederate army, railroad executive and philanthropist, as a gift for his wife Sallie May.
If you’re looking for a nearby establishment that juxtaposes the fresh taste of local foods and libations with a wide array of imported wines and beers, plus the added bonus of an espresso bar, then we have a wonderful option for you—Greenwood Gourmet Grocery.
Picture yourself sitting on the cool grass next to a group of your friends, a giant film screen perched in front of the crowd. The sun begins to set, and with a flicker of light across the screen, the movie begins. You take a sip of your beer, a unique, hoppy brew, and settle back to enjoy the film.
A witch-boy from the mountain came,
A-pinin’ to be human,
Fer he had seen the fairest gal…
A gal named Barbara Allen.
O Conjur Man, O Conjur Man,
Please do this thing I’m wantin’
Please change me to a human man,
Fer Barbara I’d be courtin’.”
- from The Ballad of Barbara Allen
There’s no doubt that Virginia is laden with a fascinating history, much of which can be experienced at historic sites, museums, and battlefields. But did you know that you can also immerse yourself in the cuisine of past times? Charlottesville, Virginia’s Michie Tavern “accommodated travelers with food, drink, and lodging more than 200 years ago. Today, visitors experience the...
If you travel south from Afton down along Route 151 in Nelson County, you just might find yourself traveling back in time too. It’s there in Roseland, just east of the Piney River, where you’ll find Woodson’s Mill, an 18th century flour and meal mill that looks like it stepped right off the pages of a history book. A few days ago we had the chance to meet the mill’s...
Summer in the Shenandoah Valley offers an abundance of festivals, and one of them happens to take place only a little ways away from Afton Mountain Bed & Breakfast at Wintergreen. (To be specific, it is twenty-five minutes to the mountaintop and ten minutes from Wintergreen’s Stoney Creek location).
The Afton Mountain area of Virginia is located near some absolutely amazing wineries and breweries with award-winning beverages, fantastic food, and breathtaking scenery. There is one winery in particular that stands out in distinctiveness, not only for its “other than grape” wines, but also for its Authentic Honey Meads. Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery is owned and run by Greg and Kim...
“Let me grow old amoungst the daylilies, for they offer up a spark of youth to my soul.” --Anonymous
“Reflecting the genius and versatility of its creator, Jefferson's Monticello is a monument to a scrupulous interest in architecture, landscaping, agriculture, and domestic comforts” (NPS). There is no doubt that Monticello is an aesthetic wonder, not only in its architecture, but also in its gardens.