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

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Lovely old home!

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... read more

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

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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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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Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

This is a nice museum with knowledgable staff/volunteers who are happy to answer questions. There were no extra exhibits featured when I visited, so it didn't take long to do the house tour however these may be of more interest. The rooms have short activities for kids, too.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

A very interesting look back into history. I asked a lot of questions, so this added to the visit. The museum staff was very knowledgeable and helpful. The house is not set up to represent one period. It takes you through a series of decades in the life of the home. Young children may not appreciate the tour, but those... More 

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Asheville, NC
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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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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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Additional Information about Smith-McDowell House Museum

Address: Address: 283 Victoria Road, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone Number: 828-253-9231
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Asheville
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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