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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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If you like history, this is a nice tour

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2015
hockeymom56
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Martins Ferry, OH
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Martins Ferry, OH
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

The museum as interesting and the movie told a good story. We only went through the first floor of the house because we were afraid we would miss the trolley. The docent here was excellent.

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Columbus, Ohio
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168 reviews 168 reviews
74 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

I highly recommend going on a tour with one of the guides. Entrance fee was only $5.00! Our guide was Jacob a senior at the same college Thomas Wolfe went to. The tour was very thorough and made me want to buy one of his books which I did. The video and the exhibit are also worth seeing.

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Daytona Beach, Florida
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

The guide was very good . But it just wasn't that interesting of a story. An author who grew up in a dysfunctional family , the book is actually long and boring.

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Weaverville, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

It brought the book "Look Homeward Angel" more to life for me but my friend had never read the book and enjoyed the tour so much she decided to volunteer at the house. I plan to return as I could not fully absorb all the information.

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Chicago, Illinois
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Wonder book/post card shop. Fabulous guide to house who had been a guide for US Park service. He Knew everything and kept referring to appropriate places in the book where certain events took place in the house. (since book is autobiographical--there were many sites to be told about and our guide was excellent in doing so.)

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Findlay, Ohio
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64 reviews 64 reviews
22 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

If you've read any Thomas Wolfe novels, this is definitely worth the stop. My mom was smiling the whole time we were there.

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Lakewood, Colorado
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

This childhood home of Thomas Wolfe is preserved much the same as it was when he lived there in the 1920s. I've read Wolfe but am not much of a fan; however, the tour of this home was one of the highlights of our trip to Asheville. Do see it!

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Yonkers, New York
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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

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
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

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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Additional Information about Thomas Wolfe Memorial

Address: 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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