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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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A must see in Asheville!

"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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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Moorpark, California
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Moorpark, California
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458 reviews 458 reviews
268 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

"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 via mobile

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
14 attraction reviews
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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Camden, Maine
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113 reviews 113 reviews
20 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
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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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84 helpful votes 84 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
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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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