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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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1:00 pm - 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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Insight into Wolf's literature and Asheville history

An informative docent led an excellent tour of the rooming house (owned by his Wolf's mother) where the author grew up. Through the tour, we could imagine life in early 20th... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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Salem, Oregon
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134 reviews 134 reviews
65 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

An informative docent led an excellent tour of the rooming house (owned by his Wolf's mother) where the author grew up. Through the tour, we could imagine life in early 20th Century Asheville and some influences on Wolf as he devoted himself to writing. The adjacent visitors center has excellent photographs and explanations of the author's life and career.

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Decatur, Georgia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Our tour guide, David, gave us such a wonderful, in depth tour of the house! He is so knowledgeable about Thomas Wolfe's writing and about his life and times.I am a Thomas Wolfe fan but other folks on the tour said that they now want to read his books. Do not miss this great museum and home tour!

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Naperville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Hubby and I were the only ones on the tour and our guide was interesting and well versed on Thomas Wolfe. The rooms are laid out like the boarders are still living there. I didn't know who Thomas Wolfe was before the tour and now I want to know more about him and read his books.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Thomas Wolfe, one of the giants of American literature (although his reputation, similar to Steinbeck's, is somewhat presently in eclipse) was born on Asheville. His birthplace is no longer there but you can visit where he lived from the time he was six until he was 16 when he left for UNC. You should visit. This is one of the... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

This is a must-see not only for those interested in literature, but the history of the region. The mother of Thomas Wolfe raised him in a boarding house which is still standing and the house tours teach you about the colorful history of the town. It attracted TB patients seeking fresh mountain air in the early part of the century.... More 

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Moorpark, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

"Look Homeward, Angel" is an incredible masterpiece as far as I'm concerned, so I just HAD to see "Dixieland" and Wolfe's personal effects. I loved every second of the tour, as any Wolfe fan will. Hubby went along, knowing almost nothing about him, yet he loved the tour too. He said it was extremely interesting to learn about the running... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

If you are old enough to read books you may remember Wolfe. (He was a distant relative of mine). People and life in the past were much more interesting than today. Slow down and appreciate the complexities of the past. They have done a good job of restoring the house and with the exhibit center.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I just had a tour with Tom and it was fantastic! Even if you aren't well versed on Wolfe or haven't read any of his works, I highly recommend stopping in for this tour. Wonderful information, well organized, and lead by people who have a passion for Thomas Wolfe. Definitely stop here during your visit to Asheville!

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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We viewed this based on recommendations on TripAdvisor! It was outstanding and I thank all ahead of me who reviewed Thomas Wolfe Memorial. We called ahead and was informed that they had a small parking lot and to come in the morning before it was filled. We did get a spot and entered the center. You can tour the center... More 

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Asheville, NC
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

It is a great museum for Thomas Wolfe fans. But if you are iffy about him (I read "Look Homeward Angel" and thought it was o.k.), then skip it. There are better places to go.

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