The Dooleys called the palace Swannanoa because Sallie dearly loved the graceful white birds and the fact that they mated for life. It is possible that the name had a dual meaning as there is a river in North Carolina called Swannanoa — the Cherokee word for beautiful trail. A carving over the entrance to the mansion contains a swan and a paddle and would seem to support the theory that the word came from that region and was connected to the river there.
Then a third Swannanoa, a variant name of Petersburg, NJ according to GNIRPs. It was the site of a mansion built by one of the Ringling Brothers brothers famous for the circus. Circus animals drank the water of Lake Swannanoa Ringling created from 2 natural ponds. Another 2-n-1.
The name Swannanoa is reported to be “derived from the Cherokee word Suwali-Nunna, meaning ‘trail of the Suwali tribe,'” however the name was used in this case under the impression that the translation is actually “the beautiful trail.” The street names within the development are all named after Native American tribes.
And then a bit down the same article we have this:
Due to the Ringling Brothers Circus connection, the elusive Midgetville has been rumored to be located here, in addition to several other New Jersey towns. There are local legends about the ghosts of circus animals haunting the area. A human ghost is also said to haunt the retirement home located on the lake.
I was curious about this, because the 2003 independent film Station Agent was shot just in the next valley over, and starred Peter Dinkage, born with dwarfism. Again, Station Agent plays an important role in the carrcasses, namely Carrcass+6. Station Agent is centrally fused with Beatles songs from Revolver and Rubber
Bullet Soul within. The song Norwegian Wood acts as a center for the 5 used songs here, itself lying in the center of 3 likewise Rubber Soul tracks (the 2 Revolver tracks as a frame for these). Norwegian Wood is now the name of a mistified Middletown neighborhood. In the synch/carrcass, Norwegian Wood highlights a possible relationship between Dinkage’s character Finbar McBride and Olivia Harris, played by Patricia Clarkson. But just as in the song, a sexual relationship is not consummated, but the two remain friends, which is more important in the end.
See here for more about Midgetville:
The most credible reports of Midgetville that we’ve investigated are probably the ones that center around a remote enclave of houses in the woods of Jefferson Township in northern Morris County. Though the houses are quite small, it is this community’s close proximity to the old Ringling Brothers’ Estate which really made us wonder whether we had at last found the true Midgetville we had so long sought.