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Thomas Wolfe Memorial

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Address: 52 North Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone Number: 828-253-8304
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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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Takes Us Back 100+ Years/Must See for Thomas Wolfe Readers/Great for All

There are scores of old mansions to visit in the U.S. but few places that offer a glimpse of how the transient urban middle class lived a hundred and more years ago. Back before... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2015
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Yonkers, New York
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Yonkers, New York
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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

There are scores of old mansions to visit in the U.S. but few places that offer a glimpse of how the transient urban middle class lived a hundred and more years ago. Back before gas stoves, refrigerators and vacuum cleaners, let alone microwave ovens, made housekeeping easy, single middle class folks, and even couples not yet established in life tended... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

The organization that owns the house has done an excellent job of preserving it and making it accessible to tourists thru guided tours. They also constructed a very good museum, with a film that shows the role the house played in Wolfe's childhood, family and first novel. The free parking was appreciated, as parking is not usually free in Asheville.

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Bostic, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Loved rocking on the front porch. The home is a beautiful inviting butter yellow with all the Victorian touches.A nice place to visit and learn a piece of history.

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West Plains, Missouri
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed this tour. We learned so much that we had never thought about what life was like in a boarding house years ago. Our guide loved what she was doing and that made her stories even better. She did a wonderful job. We would recommend this for everyone.

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South Carolina
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50 reviews 50 reviews
18 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

The guide really made the whole experience a fantastic one. His humor and North Carolinian accent really made for one enjoyable visit,

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27 reviews 27 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Another stop on the trail of great American authors. Beautiful old home. Wish we had more time to have spent there. Interesting to think about what the town would have been like in Wolfe's day.

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Bloomfield, Indiana
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

I had heard about the Thomas Wolfe Memorial but I did not know much about Mr. Wolfe except for associating him with the line "You can't go home again." But since I am a frequent visitor to Asheville and because I love that city, I wanted to tour the house and learn more about Asheville's famous son. What I discovered... More 

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Illinois
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282 helpful votes 282 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The museum highlights the life of Thomas Wolfe and up an up and coming author whose life was cut short in his late thirty's. The Boarding house is where Thomas lived with his mother from the time he was five until he left for college at age sixteen. The tour was fabulous. Steve told the story so well that when... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

A wonderful experience if you are a fan of Thomas Wolfe and especially if you have read "Look Homeward, Angel." Even if you have not, you will still enjoy this tour. Much of the house is filled with original furniture and objects. An incredible peek into the history of Asheville and the United States in the early 20th Century. There... More 

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New York
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

We visited his home, knew very little about him other than he was an author the guide made the tour very informative and interesting. Complete contrast to the Biltmore which we also visited

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