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Thomas Wolfe Memorial

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Address: 52 North Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone Number: 828-253-8304
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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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Great tour

visited the Tom Wolfe Memorial on a bleak, cold, February day during a recent vacation. It was an unexpected delight, our tour was informative and enlightening as our guide, Leah... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 16, 2015
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Camden, Maine
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Camden, Maine
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111 reviews 111 reviews
20 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

visited the Tom Wolfe Memorial on a bleak, cold, February day during a recent vacation. It was an unexpected delight, our tour was informative and enlightening as our guide, Leah, went to great lengths to describe every part of the house in intimate detail. Her enthusiasm, knowledge and humor made for a delightful experience. The way the house is set... More 

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Boston
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14 reviews 14 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Great historic event for all ages to learn and enjoy - so happy these types of attractions exist! Tour guide "Rebecca" conducted a very well versed history of Mr. Wolfe and his family -

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Waianae, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

They have done an excellent job maintaining his home and the store behind it carrying Thomas Wolfe works and other lovely things from his time. We walked around the exterior which is inviting with rockers on the wide front porch and peered into the windows on the porch and sovereign shop in back of this lovely historical home. We unfortunately... More 

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Malvern, Pennsylvania
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155 reviews 155 reviews
66 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

This was my favorite site in Asheville. I absolutely loved it---much more than the Biltmore. To be able to see the boarding house that featured so prominently in Wolfe's Look Homeward Angel was quite moving. If you are a literary sort this is an absolute must see. The museum attached to the site was also very interesting. Although this was... More 

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Venice, Florida, United States
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

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

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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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
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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
145 helpful votes 145 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
125 helpful votes 125 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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