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Thomas Wolfe Memorial

Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Interesting local angle on a great American writer

This is the boarding house run by Thomas Wolfe's mother, where he lived from the age of 6. Full of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Charlotte, North Carolina
Fascinating piece of Asheville history well-told

I hadn't read any of Thomas Wolfe's books, but my daughter was intrigued by learning, during our... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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...more
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52 N Market St, Asheville, NC 28801-8105
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I found this tour very interesting. I was lucky enough to go for a special event where actors played various roles in the home and told a story of their life in the home. It sounded silly, but I found it a fun way to...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the boarding house run by Thomas Wolfe's mother, where he lived from the age of 6. Full of authentic original furnishings. There is also a Visitor Center with a film and a little museum. Great value

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I hadn't read any of Thomas Wolfe's books, but my daughter was intrigued by learning, during our narrated bus tour of Asheville, of the boarding house run by Wolfe's mother and suggested we might enjoy a tour. I am so glad we went! For just...More

Thank CrisCq
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was not aware that Ashefille was Thomas Wolfe's hometown but his boyhood home was right across the street from our hotel and I took the time to visit. I was the only one touring home but the guide was willing and knowledgeable. They have...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our tour guide was very well informed. We toured the house, which his mother bought and made it into a boarding house. It was very interesting life Thomas Wolf had growing up.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited this site on our Moving Sidewalk Segway tour. Very intriguing facts about this house, but you will need to ask dinene on the Segway tours to explain. She does it best.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Whether you have read the works of Thomas Wolfe or are simply interested in local history or Victorian architecture, a guided tour of Wolfe’s sprawling boyhood home should be on your list of things to do in Asheville. Aside from the outsized Biltmore House of...More

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Reviewed August 6, 2018

Thomas Wolfe is one of our country's greatest writer. This house is the heart of Look Homeward Angel, and so is a must visit for serious readers of American literature.

Thank Fred N
Reviewed August 6, 2018

This place is a must see if you are passing through! The knowledge of the staff is amazing. What a life!

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Reviewed July 31, 2018

I was really pleased that we made time to visit the Thomas Wolfe home. Many things in Asheville seemed really expensive, so a tour for $5/person seemed a near miracle. The tour guide was friendly, full of energy, and extremely knowledgeable. We also brought a...More

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Response from CharlesHerschel | Reviewed this property |
I just saw it tonight for the second time. I don't know why critics disliked it so much. I'm a devotee of Mr. Wolfe and Mr. Perkins and think the film is marvelous in the best sense of that word.
June 2, 2016|
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Response from 942felixn | Reviewed this property |
I'm not certain but I recall it is opened 9 AM to 5 PM Tuesday to Saturday. There's ample parking provided there's not a large tour.
May 27, 2015|
Response from Donna A | Reviewed this property |
Plan an hour. Took 45 min. for us but we were the only people there.