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Address: 283 Victoria Road, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone Number: 828-253-9231
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wed - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Admission is $9 a person. The volunteer was very knowledgable about the history of the home. Rooms are decorated nicely & there are information cards located outside each room... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 31, 2015
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

For people that likes USA's history. Small with a good guide. Very interesting and surprising. For familys and others. I like history of USA and I loved.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

Admission is $9 a person. The volunteer was very knowledgable about the history of the home. Rooms are decorated nicely & there are information cards located outside each room that point out what's in the room. They have a few Civil War relics and some other interesting antiques. If you have 1-2 hours to spare, it's worth a stop.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

I'm a history freak, so this place was an excellent place to visit. It has good Civil War history - aside from general history (oldest brick building)

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Anacoco
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015 via mobile

It is a nice house but it is sad that it has had so many owners through the years that very little of the orginal charm remains. All of the rooms were stripped while the house was being used as a school so all of the furniture has been replaced with things aquire from the area.

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

The longest tour we have ever been on! The house itself was nicely renovated, but not as "period" decorated as others we have been to. If we had been allowed to take the self guided tour it would have been better. The tour guide herself was long winded and a little strange. She spent the first 15 mins probably rambling... More 

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Winston-Salem, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

We had very nice guides; the house is beautiful and features are interesting. The history of the house and property is very interesting. Down in the lower level are fun kitchen things to see.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015 via mobile

Went to the Smith-McDowell house after a walking tour of Asheville. It was a very beautiful house and great experience - with a great history lesson into the Smith family. Worth the trip

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

The Smith-McDowell House Museum is one of our favorite museums in Asheville. They have new displays on a regular basis so each visit brings something new. It is the oldest brick house in Asheville, built about 1840.

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Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

The Smith-McDowell House is Asheville's first mansion, oldest surviving house, and the oldest brick structure in Buncombe County. Since many families have lived in the home throughout the years many changes were made to the original structure. The current curators have set up different rooms to represent furnishings and family life from the Civil War through the early 1900s. Every... More 

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Bear, Delaware
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

If you have any interest in history and southern culture this house is ideal. The home represents 15 owners over more than 100 years and the curators have captured the evolution of the decor, furnishings and family life over that time frame. From the earliest settlers in the area through the Civil War period and into the 20th century you... More 

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