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Thomas Wolfe Memorial

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Address: 52 North Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone Number: 18282538304
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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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Fascinating literary history,

The Thomas Wolfe Memorial visitor center and mini-museum and the late 19th century wood house where writer Thomas Wolfe grew up is a North Carolina State Historic Site. It's not... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Asheville, NC
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Asheville, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

The Thomas Wolfe Memorial visitor center and mini-museum and the late 19th century wood house where writer Thomas Wolfe grew up is a North Carolina State Historic Site. It's not one of Asheville's flashiest attractions, but it's well worth an hour or two to learn about Asheville's best-known author. The “Old Kentucky Home,” called “Dixie” in Wolfe’s novel, Look Homeward,... More 

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Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Beautiful historic house! Tour guide was great. Incredibly informative about the house, Thomas Wolfe, and his writings. Definitely would recommend if you are in the area, and into this sort of thing.

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Fascinating, interesting and well portrayed information about Thomas Wolfe and his family. We did a tour which was very informative and worthwhile. Great perspective gained from this visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

After having read all the works of Thomas Wolfe, this was a unique experience. When we visited twenty years ago, fire damage had the site closed to the public.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

I find the Thomas Wolfe Memorial to be a wonderful destination for those who are avid readers and historians. One of Asheville's treasures and true sources of pride. Perhaps better for older teens and adults!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Thomas Wolfe house was quite beautiful. I love how history comes alive before us. You can picture the historical figure at work in his own environment. That's why it's so important to preserve houses like this one. I would visit again.

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McRoberts, Kentucky, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

glad I finally had a chance to come here especially after just finishing "Look Homeward, Angel"... enjoyed hearing about the people in Thomas Wolfe's life and seeing where important events in the book took place.

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Merida, Yucatan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

My wife and I, along with our teen daughters, entered the visitor center knowing next to nothing about Thomas Wolfe. We started off in the exhibition area which has a good collection of photos and period pieces to orientate ourselves. Then we watched the 20-minute movie to get a better feel for the man and his time. The best part... More 

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Wilmington, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Knowledgeable guide. Interesting tales. Well displayed rooms. Exhibit area had lots of good pictures. They allow you to take photos which is very nice.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

A nice tour of the house. Very informative about Thomas Wolfe and the Asheville area. Cloud guide was very nice and took the time to answer questions.

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