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Address: 52 North Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone Number: 18282538304
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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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Read his books first. Visiting this place will make them come alive. Then read them again.

I read "Look Homeward Angel" during high school. It was a bit long but I enjoyed it. After visiting the home, I had to re-read LHA plus read "Of Time and The River" plus "You... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Larry B
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Asheville, North Carolina

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Asheville, North Carolina
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I read "Look Homeward Angel" during high school. It was a bit long but I enjoyed it. After visiting the home, I had to re-read LHA plus read "Of Time and The River" plus "You Can't go Home Again." The trilogy meant much more to me after visiting the house but visiting the house meant more to me because I... More 

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Chester, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited this memorial after our original destination was closed due to repairs. We are so glad we came here! Our guide, Tom, was awesome. The tour was interesting and fun. We recommend it!

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Thank LisaN0421
Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place has a big history due to the location and the clientele of the early 20th century. Sadly it was partially burned during the 80's from what i can remember. Easy parking nearby. Read some Wolfe before you go especially the story about the Japanese potter who lived in the house.

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Thank AmericanWopNYC
Boise, Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Parking is a bit of a bear, but the tour was well worth it. The home is very interesting and the guide had plenty of amusing antidotes to share.

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Thank outskiing
Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visit the house and visitors' center every time we're in town. We love the period pieces in the house, and how the house ties in with passages from LHA. LHA is stellar, a masterpiece, so I always enjoy the visits to Wolfe's boyhood home.

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Thank Lolly R
Asheville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Thomas Wolfe was an American novelist during the early twentieth century. He was born in Asheville North Carolina, a little fact that every Ashevilian is proud to brag about. In his life, he wrote four novels, some short stories, and novellas. He became widely known during his time. Wolfe's book, Look Homeward Angel, is about the citizens of Asheville during... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you like old buildings put this on your list. We had attended a ghost hunt there awhile back and it was interesting to be in the old building.

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Hendersonville
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'm stunned by the number of young people who have never heard of Thomas Wolfe! His book, Look Homeward Angel, would really speak to so many young adults today. The angel is actually in Hendersonville! I don't see how this museum would interest you if you hadn't read the book. Wolfe's parents had an interesting relationship -- his mother ran... More 

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Fishers, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

I was not familiar with the works of Thomas Wolfe, but I had heard of him. This was his boyhood home and his mother ran this as a boarding house. Our guide was very informative, so much so, that now I am interested in reading the works of Thomas wolfe. Not a lot to see but the history and the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

It always impresses me how many successful people had a rough growing up. Some were dragged up! Thomas Wolf had a tough bringing up and this beautiful house hides that story. It is well worth visiting. Our docent was extremely know.edgeable of the smallest facts. Very enjoyable.

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