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Thomas Wolfe Memorial

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Address: 52 North Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone Number: 18282538304
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Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Hiking
Description: 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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I had often heard of Thomas Wolfe but had no idea of how prolific and interesting his life and writings were. He is certainly to be regarded as one of our best writers. The staff... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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Midwest City, Oklahoma
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Midwest City, Oklahoma
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

I had often heard of Thomas Wolfe but had no idea of how prolific and interesting his life and writings were. He is certainly to be regarded as one of our best writers. The staff at the memorial were very helpful and took us on a tour of the boarding house his mother ran beside the exhibits. We found out... More 

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Gatlinburg, Tennessee, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

The curator was extremely knowledgeable and friendly and made the visit to this historic house a worthwhile day trip. It's always a pleasure to visit an historical site and have someone who can deviate from the main facts and give you an insight into family (families) that lived in the house and in the area. Makes history come alive!

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san francisco, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Really enjoyed this tour. Our guide, Paul Spivey, was exceedingly knowledgable and gave us a lot of information about Thomas Wolfe, his family, and the house where he and his mom lived in Asheville. The home is restored in the period w many of the artifacts from the Wolfe family. I liked the fact that you get a guided tour... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Excellent tour guides and explanations of what happened and when. Great pictures of Wolfe and the family and several famous people. Worth the visit if you are interested in literary history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

One of my favorite places to take guests from out of town that I enjoy as much as they do. I usually visit in the fall - call first to make sure there are no school fields trips scheduled on the day you wish to visit.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

This is a terrific for folks interested in literature and history. Enthusiastic and highly trained docents make Thomas Wolfe's mother's boarding house come alive. Very close to lots of good food and galleries. Last time I went, it cost very little-- only $1 or $2 per person.

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Lewisville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

We missed the tour and couldn't hang around for the next due to a lunch reservation, but we did watch the film and wander through the small museum. This part was free, so it was certainly a nice thing to do on a hot day. I learned a lot about Wolfe from this brief visit. The memorial is also very... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

If you are a Thomas Wolfe fan, this will not disappoint you. The small museum is excellent, and the house is just as his mother left it. If you read his work, you'll recognize the mismatched china and iron beds. Don't miss his huge bronze shoes in the sidewalk out front.

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Asheville, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Before I moved to Asheville I read everything I could find by Thomas Wolfe including biographies. Helped to give me a handle on my new city. A visit to the memorial - his mother's old boardinghouse - brought it all to life. A beautiful old house with a nice giftshop. Only unfortunate thing? It's been hemmed in by condos and... More 

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Martins Ferry, OH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

We toured this after finding good reviews on Trip Advisor. Neither my husband or I had read any works by Thomas Wolfe, but it still an interesting place to visit. Touring his mother's boarding house it a very interesting historical place. You can see how revolutionary his mother was in the early 20th century in choosing a career to support... More 

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Address: 52 North Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone Number: 18282538304
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Asheville
Open Hours:
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 5 - 5

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