Statesville Record Landmark (Statesville, North Carolina) 2 July 1949 Page 16
1. 3, in in WP-Carpenter. Mansion On Hilltop Dedicated To Unity AFTON, Va.--(U.R)--A white marble mansion that gleams in the atop Afton Mountain near here become a world cultural center "the unification of mankind" if foundation which established it reaches its goal. It is more than an idle dream to its founders. Colgate W. president of the University of Virginia and former governor, said its dedication that the mountain t represents Â« an actua l es- was tablishment of breadth and vision." Classes on "the love of God, beauty and the principles of bal- ance in nature" already are being held in the mansion, named nanoa." The classes are being taught Dr. Walter Russell, 77-year-old artist and head of the Swannanoa Foundation, which bought the former millionaire's mansion. I More than 700 persons visited Swannanoa when it was opened. Its lower floors have been filled with paintings, sculpture and .statuary, .statuary, i Dr. Russell said the foundation plans to erect a Â£00-foot statue of Christ on the same Blue Ridge mountain top and later another inspirational statue representing the Sermon on the Mount.