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Thomas Wolfe Memorial

52 North Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801
828-253-8304
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Ranked #16 of 84 attractions in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues
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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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

So impressed with everything about this tour. We were first amazed that you could do anything in Asheville for only $5 per person. Then, the tour was so informative and incredibly in depth. Our guide was so friendly and made everyone feel very at ease to ask questions or make comments as well.

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North, South Carolina
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109 reviews 109 reviews
27 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

Very cool, for $5.00 you can tour This original boarding house made famous because of the owners son, Thomas. You start the tour with a quick video detailing Thomas's life. A volunteer takes you on a walking tour of the boarding home. You are taken back in time in a home holding items 100 years old. Our tour guide did... More

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Yokohama, Japan
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Go! This is the actual house, with the original furniture, that Thomas Wolfe wrote about in "Look Homeward Angel". That is, it's really his mother's boarding house. It was very moving to be in the original place. There's a cheap ($5.00) guided tour that is definitely worthwhile, with enough but not too much information. There is also a small museum... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I don't usually like this sort of thing but the museum and docent tour was wonderful and has me re-reading his books.

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Washington, DC
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45 reviews 45 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Enjoyable house tour from friendly guide. Just go! Interesting stories & free parking. There is a small museum area where you can get in out of the heat while you are waiting for tour to start.

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Savannah, Georgia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

If you haven't heard about Thomas Wolfe before or want to know more about him, this is the place to go. I liked that they had completely restored his house even though a fire had destroyed it. Worth the money to take a look around.

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

I didn't know much about Wolfe so it was very interesting. The guided tour is definitely worth the time and $5. The tour guide was great and had tons of information.

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maryland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Great Historic Theater just could of been a lot Cleaner , Will go back for Beck! Staff and the coppers are wonderful at this place full of info.

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Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

The house where Thomas Wolfe grew up has been very pleasantly restored to just what it was like when he lived there. The young woman (I think her name was Rebecca) who gave us the tour of the house was delightful - very well informed, interesting and more than willing to answer our questions. Not crowded when we were there... More

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Albany, New York
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Author Thomas Wolfe lived here as a child, and while his life is discussed, the real interest in this house is that it was a boarding home. In the early 1900's people would stay here for two meals and a place to sleep for $1 per day. I found it to be a fascinating bit of history of which I... More

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