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Thomas Wolfe Memorial

52 North Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801 (Downtown Asheville)
828-253-8304
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Ranked #15 of 81 Attractions in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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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Maple Shade, New Jersey
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50 reviews 50 reviews
18 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

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 NEW 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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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW 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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105 reviews 105 reviews
6 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

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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Ellijay, Georgia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Being a great fan of Thomas Wolfe, as well as sharing his birthday, this was a must stop on this mother-daughter birthday celebration trip. Arrived at the museum just as the film was starting and thus, had no time to actually view the museum as the tour of Old Kentucky Home started immediately after the end of the film. Period... More

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Mount Vernon, Indiana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014 via mobile

We very much enjoyed the visit to the home of Thomas Wolfe. The movie and exhibit were very interesting. Of course the tour of the home was our favorite. We were amazed at the number of rooms and the size of the house. Amazing. I highly recommend, especially if you enjoy the homes of famous authors.

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Westborough, Massachusetts
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37 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

This is the boarding house that Thomas Wolfe's mother ran for 20+ years beginning in 1906; it provided the setting for much of "Look Homeward Angel." It has been kept in the same condition as when Wolfe lived there, which means that it is furnished with Wolfe family items and period antiques. It is a ramshackle house, resulting from frequent... More

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Lewisburg, West Virginia, United States
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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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60 reviews 60 reviews
6 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 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
8 helpful votes 8 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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