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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 #14 of 78 Attractions in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Hiking
Owner description: Thomas Wolfe's childhood home, immortalized in his 1929 novel, "Look Homeward Angel," is preserved...
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Type: Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Hiking
Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Venice, Florida, United States
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

We went on this tour and thought it was really cool. Every stick of furniture and decor was perfectly set as if the occupants had just stepped out. My son is an avid reader as am I and it was really interesting. Plus, there was a real eerie feeling about the place. A must see!

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Concord, North Carolina
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62 reviews 62 reviews
16 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

This may be one of the most overlooked attractions in Asheville. My wife and I have visited Asheville since we were children, having grown up about an hour away, but our most recent visit was the first time either one of us had taken the time to tour the Thomas Wolfe Memorial. We were both so thankful we finally got... More 

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Matthews, North Carolina
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

If you have extra time to spend, this is an ok attraction. I wouldn't do it again nor highly recommend it. But, we did learn a lot about Wolfe.

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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

The Memorial is housed in Thomas Wolfe's mother's boarding house in the middle of Asheville. Our guided tour began with a short video and then a tour of all the rooms in the house. Our guide furnished us with interesting commentaries about the family and Thomas. For example, his mother was more interested in acquiring real estate than taking care... More 

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Atlanta
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169 reviews 169 reviews
34 attraction reviews
138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

If you are a Thomas Wolfe fan (writings include: You Can't go Home Again and Look Homeward Angel), going to this place gives you great insights to his books, his upbringing and his style of writing. I would probably not make a special trip here, but when in the neighborhood, its worth the 90 minute tour.

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High Point, North Carolina
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Even if you have never read any of Thomas Wolfe's work , you will appreciate the museum. You will find a great story about about a family during this time period. I hope after visiting the museum you will read some of the author's works.

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Bonita Springs, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

We actually toured in December 2013. My b/f is from the area and read the book years ago. He wanted to tour the house. I recently purchased the audio book. It is amazing how she used every inch of the house for borders. I wish they would restore the ouse. Some of the floorboards are warped. It is nice it... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

If you like history and learning about where the locals came from, then you will love this place. It's just two dollars to tour, and has lots of interesting facets to see. I'm not sure that very young children would like it, but older kids could get a feel of what years gone by were like.

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metro Atlanta
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74 reviews 74 reviews
24 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

If you're looking to kill a couple of hours on a cold or rainy day, this is a good way to do it. The tour of the house that Tom Wolfe grew up in and the stories about him, his family, the boarders who stayed there, and the furnishings were very interesting. Our guide, Christina, was very good and took... More 

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Top Contributor
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26 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Located off the beaten path in Asheville, this home gives the visitor an idea of what it was like to live in Asheville at the turn of the century. It is very well preserved!

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