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Thomas Wolfe Memorial

Address: 52 North Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone Number: 828-253-8304
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Ranked #12 of 65 Attractions in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Hiking
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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.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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94 reviews 94 reviews
20 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

I knew nothing about Tom Wolfe so,the visit to the museum was fun and free! I left with more of an understanding of 1920-1930's Asheville....it was a nice side visit

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Sarasota, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Prior to the home tour, I was not familiar with Thomas Wolfe and his Asheville history where he was not initially well liked. In addition to a personable very knowledgeable guide, it was interesting to see what an intelligent man Wolfe was. I was also impressed with his mother and her entrepreneurial skills. At a time when women were not... More

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Richmond, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The forty-five minute tour flew by, thanks to the outstanding docent who vividly brought back to life Thomas, his mother Julia, brother Ben, and the other inhabitants of the boarding home that she ran during Tom's formative years. If you had to choose just one place to visit in Asheville, I would strongly recommend the Wolfe Memorial.

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Murrells Inlet, SC
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126 reviews 126 reviews
30 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

I took a group of 48 here to tour the home. We all enjoyed it very much. The Old Kentucky Home is a treasure trove of original period pieces that are so well kept and interesting to see. Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly. We also enjoyed the film on Thomas Wolfe. Because we had such a large group some... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
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47 reviews 47 reviews
4 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

This site, operated by the State of NC, offers visitors a short film and a small museum describing the life and works of early twentieth century author Thomas Wolfe. Tours of the author's childhood home also are available for a few dollars. I thought the film and displays provided just enough information and were very well done. They gave me... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

We came here as it was snowing and we needed an indoor activity. Lots of original furniture throughout the house. The video was very helpful, as I had heard his name before but I was not all that familiar with his works or life.

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Maple Shade, New Jersey
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18 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

a pleasant place with a pleasant staff, learned a lot about the author and it made me want to read some of his writings again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 via mobile

For those who already know Thomas Wolfe and his writings, this is a must see and for those who are not, it will spur a desire to learn more. Tour guide Tom brought a sence of feeling and understanding. His telling of Wolfe's life in the boarding house and growing up, brought it to life.

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Waxhaw, North Carolina
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 via mobile

Enjoyed our visit to Thomas Wolfe Memorial.....very interesting. We took a group of 19 to tour the home....staff was great. The entire group said how much they enjoyed. A must see in Asheville.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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6 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

This is Thomas Wolfe's boyhood home, "The Old Kentucky Home" his mother ran as a boarding house. Guided tours are required, but frequent. There is also an interesting short video presentation. Given the deeply autobiographical nature of Wolfe's novels, you can recognize much from the novels in the actual boarding house.

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