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Address: 52 N Market St, Asheville, NC 28801-8105
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+1 828-253-8304
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09:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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Thomas Wolfe's childhood home, immortalized in his 1929 novel, "Look...

Thomas Wolfe's childhood home, immortalized in his 1929 novel, "Look Homeward Angel," is preserved intact as a lasting monument to one of the 20th century's most prominent writers. The house, originally operated as a boardinghouse by his mother, retains most of its original furnishings and is designated as a National Historic Landmark. Tours of the 29 room house are offered hourly. The adjacent visitor center and museum highlight Wolfe's life and major literary accomplishments.

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We had a quick visit to the house where Thomas Wolfe grew up and he had a formidable mother. There is a very comprehensive exhibition which is free and give a good account of his... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Dublin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a quick visit to the house where Thomas Wolfe grew up and he had a formidable mother. There is a very comprehensive exhibition which is free and give a good account of his life and works. Lovely friendly staff, we did not have time for a longer visit, but it was enough. Well worth while

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Long Beach, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice tour of the house. The docent was very knowledgeable. Many things in the house are original, including pictures of the family members.

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Thank laswingirl
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Asheville symphony sounded like this facility had been built for them as it was crystal clear and wonderful; Ode to Joy it was!

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Vienna, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I toured the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in the morning before touring the Biltmore -- what a contrast! Both were incredible in their own right. Only $5 to tour the Old Kentucky Home where Thomas Wolfe grew up, and only one other person on the tour. There is a small free parking lot next to the visitor's center which I wish... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Got a private tour with a lot of background about his family and the houses they lived in during the formative years of Thomas Wolfe. Very interesting viewpoints of an important native son of Ashville. Also got to see a movie in the visitors center and go through a few rooms dedicated to the family and houses. Go see it... More 

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Lakeland, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is something worth seeing for someone interested in Thomas Wolfe and in the history of Asheville.

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Thank Keith1009
Burlington, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

Interesting place to go...especially if you like literature. It's always interesting to see the background of famous people.

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Romeoville
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

Learned about this famous local author's life and works. There is a short movie that gives details of Thomas's time in Asheville and a guided tour of his mother's boarding house and his time spent there.

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Palmyra, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

The memorial is a small museum with a short movie on the live of Thomas Wolfe. IF you are a Wolfe fan, you must stop. Around the corner you can tour the house Wolfe wrote about in his book, Look Homeward Angel. You can also buy books and souveniers.

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

Great small museum; it seems many of the family artifacts passed down to the museum itself so much has been preserved. They recovered from the devastating fire of 1998 very well. I look forward to visiting here again.

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