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Thomas Wolfe Memorial

52 North Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801
828-253-8304
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Ranked #13 of 83 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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Yokohama, Japan
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
4 helpful votes 4 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
13 helpful votes 13 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 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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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
4 helpful votes 4 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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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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15 helpful votes 15 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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West Chester, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Interesting museum/tour about intriguing American author and an excellent value at $5. The museum is neat/clean, well done with Wolfe artifacts, video and knowledgeable, friendly staff. The tour of Thomas Wolfe's mother's boarding house provides fascinating insight into life and work of Mrs. Wolfe and family as they cared for up to 40 boarders. The hour tour contained Asheville history... More

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chicago
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5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Excellent experience for only $5. Walking tour of Wolfe's childhood home combined with education on Asheville, Tom Wolfe and his times. Follows with 20 minute film. Very good even if you have no interest in reading; excellent if you do. Note: located in town and on trolley tour route.

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