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Thomas Wolfe Memorial

52 North Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801
828-253-8304
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Ranked #17 of 84 Attractions in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues
Activities: Hiking, Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Lewisburg, West Virginia, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Fun time with Primas , this really is a nice venue , great Seats everywhere in the theaters .Easy in and Out

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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59 reviews 59 reviews
6 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 via mobile

We are not familiar with Thomas Wolfe but enjoyed an excellent tour of the house - good for social history - and now know a lot more about him and his writings from the similarly excellent exhibition. The guide was especially helpful and informative.

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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Very reasonable five dollar entrance fee for approximately 40 minute tour. The Wolfe residence has a surprising 90% of it's original furnishings. A good background for 'Look Homeward Angel' regardless if you have read the book or not.

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Washington
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I loved reading Thomas Wolfe so visiting the boarding house that his mother owned and that he wrote about is something I've wanted to do for years. The house suffered a fire (arson) so the dining room and kitchen were rebuilt, but 90 percent of the home is original, including all the furnishings. The guided tour was quite informative.

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new jersey
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54 reviews 54 reviews
5 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Even if you're not a Thomas Wolfe fan.....stop by and take the tour to learn more about life in Asheville during this time period. Very informative and pleasant tour guides and the house is beautifully maintained (with many of the original furnishings).

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

So impressed with everything about this tour. We were first amazed that you could do anything in Asheville for only $5 per person. Then, the tour was so informative and incredibly in depth. Our guide was so friendly and made everyone feel very at ease to ask questions or make comments as well.

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North, South Carolina
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112 reviews 112 reviews
27 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

Very cool, for $5.00 you can tour This original boarding house made famous because of the owners son, Thomas. You start the tour with a quick video detailing Thomas's life. A volunteer takes you on a walking tour of the boarding home. You are taken back in time in a home holding items 100 years old. Our tour guide did... More

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Yokohama, Japan
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Go! This is the actual house, with the original furniture, that Thomas Wolfe wrote about in "Look Homeward Angel". That is, it's really his mother's boarding house. It was very moving to be in the original place. There's a cheap ($5.00) guided tour that is definitely worthwhile, with enough but not too much information. There is also a small museum... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I don't usually like this sort of thing but the museum and docent tour was wonderful and has me re-reading his books.

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Washington, DC
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45 reviews 45 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Enjoyable house tour from friendly guide. Just go! Interesting stories & free parking. There is a small museum area where you can get in out of the heat while you are waiting for tour to start.

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