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Thomas Wolfe Memorial

52 N Market St, Asheville, NC 28801-8105
+1 828-253-8304
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Did not know much about the author before visiting the house and reading the exhibits. Very... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
James H
Fascinating even for a non-Wolfe reader

Excellent exhibits setting the historical stage for one of America's premier authors. My wife is... read more

Reviewed 11 January 2018
Michael G
Aiken, South Carolina
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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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  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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52 N Market St, Asheville, NC 28801-8105
+1 828-253-8304
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Did not know much about the author before visiting the house and reading the exhibits. Very interesting to read about his background and what inspired him to write the story. Tour guide did a wonderful job guiding us through the house.

1  Thank James H
Reviewed 11 January 2018

Excellent exhibits setting the historical stage for one of America's premier authors. My wife is the Wolfe fan, but even I was was intrigued by the exhibits. As quite often, it was the docent-guide who added the special dimension to the tour through the house-museum....More

1  Thank Michael G
Reviewed 25 December 2017 via mobile

Visited late in the afternoon to take a break from the usual Asheville shopping and brewery routine. This is the large boarding house operated by Thomas Wolfe's mother. Thomas was raised here after his early childhood. The house is a well maintained place and gives...More

Thank Gene15217
Reviewed 7 December 2017

A surprising highlight of a recent trip to Asheville. I've seen this and had some time, so I decided to give it a try. Cost is very reasonable ($5 for adults) and included a short video, tour of the house, and access to a small...More

3  Thank Tokencollector
Reviewed 4 December 2017

I wasn't familiar in any way with Thomas Wolfe yet I thoroughly enjoyed this visit. I thought the free self-guided exhibit was well thought-out and a great overview of the man and his career. Unlike a lot of exhibits, I read almost every one of...More

3  Thank Stacy M
Reviewed 20 November 2017

The staff as everyone in Asheville was personable and pleasant the museum was great, saw a video that had so much good info and then had a tour of the house, amazing!

1  Thank Joan K
Reviewed 14 November 2017

Although unfamiliar with Thomas Wolfe, my husband was not and was anxious to see his home and museum. I am SO GLAD I did, too. I learned SO MUCH in at the museum about the author and the area, too. The house is well restored...More

1  Thank madamebucky
Reviewed 1 November 2017

The film and the tour took a little over two hours. We were so glad we took time for this. It was a much better experience than we envisioned. If you have any interest in American literature, this is a bargain. Interesting anecdotes. Our tour...More

1  Thank Mard55
Reviewed 31 October 2017

To be honest I had never heard of Thomas Wolfe but saw a picture of the house on a plaque in a shop and looked it up to see if it was a local historical home with a tour. As it turned out it was....More

1  Thank dexter590
Reviewed 28 October 2017

I would not go out of my way to visit this. The problem is, it's a boarding house - so it is just room after room of sparsely furnished beds and dressers. It's not terribly exciting. The film and museum are free and are decent....More

Thank Rooindie
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Joan E
9 July 2016|
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Response from CharlesHerschel | Reviewed this property |
I just saw it tonight for the second time. I don't know why critics disliked it so much. I'm a devotee of Mr. Wolfe and Mr. Perkins and think the film is marvelous in the best sense of that word.
3 June 2016|
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Response from 942felixn | Reviewed this property |
I'm not certain but I recall it is opened 9 AM to 5 PM Tuesday to Saturday. There's ample parking provided there's not a large tour.
27 May 2015|
Response from roycefolks | Reviewed this property |
Plan an hour. Took 45 min. for us but we were the only people there.