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Address: 52 N Market St, Asheville, NC 28801-8105
Phone Number: 18282538304
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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 Glimpse of Genius

If you're a fan of Asheville writer Thomas Wolfe, you know he led a troubled but extraordinary life. The Wolfe Memorial in downtown Asheville offers a look at Wolfe's world, both... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

If you're a fan of Asheville writer Thomas Wolfe, you know he led a troubled but extraordinary life. The Wolfe Memorial in downtown Asheville offers a look at Wolfe's world, both in public and private arenas. Take your time at this site. Begin with the film, take the house tour, make sure you see the exhibits. If you aren't a... More 

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Asheville, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This early 1900 boarding house, owned by Thomas Wolfe's mother, has been beautifully restored both outside and inside, with mostly original furnishings. It is steeped in history, both because it represents a typical boarding house of its era in a city that was becoming known for its clean mountain air, and because it was the childhood home of the author,... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great tour of Wolfe family's rooming house. Beautifully maintained property. James was a knowledgable guide. Well worth the admission.

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Asheville, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Everyone must see the Thomas Wolfe House to understand Asheville and it's literary heritage. We are locals and always bring out of towners' here as a required stop. It's amazing they have been able to keep the house in tact-including all the interior furnishings and accessories. The guides really make the tour come alive. Of state run attractions this ranks... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed in a hotel directly across from the Wolfe Memorial and decided to spend out last morning in Asheville there before leaving town. I'm so glad that we did. I learned much, not only about Thomas Wolfe but also about his work, his era, and Asheville in general. It's a lovely home with a fantastic porch swing that we... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After re-reading Look Homeward Angel, I visited the Thomas Wolfe home for the first time since the fire. I couldn't tell the difference between the old and the new. Our guide told the stories to make it an authentic experience for us. I could imagine how lonely young Thomas Wolfe's life must have been, living in a boarding house with... More 

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Black Mountain, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To begin, what a friendly place. I have been twice. Upon my first visit, one of my tour guides was an over-the-top actor type and entertained much to everyone's enjoyment. The tour was as long as could be as it is not a very large home but informative and found that I did not want to go home without some... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I realize that authors' homes aren't going to appeal to everyone, but I'm a literary history nerd who loves seeing them. Since we'd recently seen "Genius" (with Jude Law and Colin Firth), I had an easy time convincing my husband to visit. The home (Wolfe's mother's boarding house) is particularly interesting if you've read Wolfe's work. The home is pretty... More 

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Apex, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was very informative to wander throught the Thomas Wolfe memorial to learn about his life and the impact he made in Asheville. We walked through the house and saw the various rooms of the house where Thomas Wolfe grew up. We enjoyed seeing all the artifacts from so many years ago.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum offers a great introduction to the life of Thomas Wolfe, but the house tour is excellent. It's hard to imagine how Wolfe grew up while his Mom operated a boarding house in this 6000 square food facility. Sit on the porch a while and just rock!

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