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Smith-McDowell House Museum

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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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When one thinks of mansions in Ashville, the Biltmore comes to mind. But The Smith McDowell is actually the first mansion in Ashville. It is also the oldest surviving and the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
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Apex, North Carolina
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Asheville, NC
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92 reviews 92 reviews
22 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Boring ... enough said. I apparently have to use 50 characters so ... boring! Boring, Boring. Boring. Have I used 50 characters yet?

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Apex, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

When one thinks of mansions in Ashville, the Biltmore comes to mind. But The Smith McDowell is actually the first mansion in Ashville. It is also the oldest surviving and the oldest brick structure in Buncombe county. The Federal style house was built in 1840 for James McConnell Smith,but when James and his wife passed, his daughter Sarah Smith-McDowell purchased... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 via mobile

The house was like a time capsule, it felt like the family that lived there had just stepped out for a moment leaving all their items in place. Basically the house views like a home not a museum. It was like stepping back in time. Loved it.

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Phoenix
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58 attraction reviews
143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

This is the oldest standing home in Asheville. It was built in 1840, and added onto in the 1880’s and 1920’s. They have left the changes (rather than attempting to restore the home to its original state). A docent gives you a history of the home, and then the rest of the tour is self-guided. They have descriptive sheets outside... More 

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Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

We enjoy touring older homes. This one was especially good and we learned about both the house and Asheville. The home goes back to around 1840 and is considered to be Asheville's first mansion and the oldest house still standing in town. When we first entered and paid the entrance fees we had a good lecture about the history of... More 

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

What I liked about this House/Museum is the fact it's self guided. Included at each room is an information sheet which gives a History of that period of time. They do have staff available to answer questions and they are very knowledgable. During our visit they also had a History of the "Hill-Billy". Enjoyed our visit.

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Winter Garden, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014 via mobile

This was a well put together small museum - the docent was very friendly and we tremendously enjoyed the time we spent in this location. The several room exhibits walk you through the changing needs and style of the late 1800s, with insight into the families that lived in the home. The temporary exhibit on Hillbillys was a simple but... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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216 helpful votes 216 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

This federal style house was occupied since just before the civil war and has now been opened as a museum. You can expect well laid out rooms, good interpretation but perhaps most importantly knowledgable curators who happily tell you the history of the place. It's not well visited and tends to be overlooked by those looking at the Vanderbilt pile... More 

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SmithMcDowell, Education Coordinator at Smith-McDowell House Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of Smith-McDowell House. I am so glad you enjoyed your visit! Lisa Whitfield, Education Coordinator More 

Clearwater, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

Very informative tour and very well maintained. The guide had a lot of information and it was very nice to see all the interesting things they had! If you love history, this is a must see!

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

Just toured the Smith-McDowell House Museum in Asheville, NC. We toured the Biltmore, (which is a must-see in Asheville), but the Smith-McDowell House is a gem in its own right. The docents there really know the history of the house, and details about the people who lived there. Elaine Baker and Lisa were there on the Saturday we visited, and... More 

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