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Smith-McDowell House Museum

283 Victoria Rd, Asheville, NC 28801-4817
+1 828-253-9231
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Step Back in Time

This is an interesting place to visit if you like the past and the many different ways people lived... read more

Reviewed March 3, 2018
Mountains75
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Leicester
Worth a Quick Visit if You Like Historical Homes

We enjoyed our short tour of this local historical landmark and would recommend the self-guided... read more

Reviewed January 16, 2018
vacationmom56
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Atlanta
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283 Victoria Rd, Asheville, NC 28801-4817
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Reviewed March 3, 2018

This is an interesting place to visit if you like the past and the many different ways people lived and survived in a much less blessed time.

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Reviewed January 16, 2018

We enjoyed our short tour of this local historical landmark and would recommend the self-guided tour if you have an extra half hour. Our friendly, knowledgeable docent walked with us through some of the home and shared additional tidbits of history, which was unexpected and...More

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Reviewed November 9, 2017

Me and my wife had a great time and were very well informed during visit. There were several rooms that displayed vastly different periods of furnishings. The tour guide's name escapes me, but was an older fellow but was very historically versed. Even though we...More

1  Thank Riboild
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Reviewed September 8, 2017

Visited this museum per the encouragement of some colleagues and wasn't disappointed. The museum is host to a lot of local history and an example of one of the area;s finest brick homes of the period. The house has undergone a number of expansions throughout...More

Thank LowDragAL
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Reviewed August 13, 2017

Interesting place to walk thru and learn some of the history of Asheville. We went at Christmas and it looked very pretty.

Thank 55ramblinrose
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Reviewed May 19, 2017

Decided to stop in on the way home for a self-guided quick tour (per the brochure).However an hour and a half later, we finished with a one on one guided tour that took us to each room and explained the unusual mix-up of decor in...More

Thank SouthernGirl28
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Reviewed May 12, 2017 via mobile

Sister/mom trip. Made it as a side stop on the way home before leaving Asheville. The tour guide was friendly and well informed. Very interesting details about time period and inhabitants of the house. Only wish we had been left to wander and look more...More

Thank Hopper30134
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Reviewed January 26, 2017 via mobile

This tour was self-guided, however, there was a gentleman there to answer questions, get us oriented to the home and start a short video to prep us for the tour. There were some original artifacts but not too much to see that stuck with me...More

Thank Kay M
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Reviewed November 3, 2016

This place is not advertised enough.The guide was very nice and answered questions. The signs to get there are very sparse.You go through a college campus to get there. It is the oldest mansion in Asheville and worth seeing, but it depends on how many...More

Thank outdoorfun2016
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SmithMcDowell, Manager at Smith-McDowell House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded November 5, 2016

The staff and volunteers at the Smith-McDowell House would like to thank this member for their review. We do recognize that our location presents unique challenges for us to get our name out to potential visitors. We have begun to implement new strategies to expose...More

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Reviewed October 10, 2016

Excellent docent..a walk through North Carolina history...the rooms are furnished to reflect the period of time and the use of the room..I asked so many questions and received insightful information about Asheville and its evolving history including the Civil War period.More

Thank diane f
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SmithMcDowell, Manager at Smith-McDowell House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 19, 2016

The staff and volunteers at the Smith-McDowell House would like to thank this member for their lovely review. We are glad that we were successful in presenting the history of this house and the Asheville area. We would like to invite everyone to visit us...More

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Morgan W
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Allow an hour at least for the tour. A docent will prepare you with a short video and general directions about the house. Each room is labeled with the decade that it interprets and there is text at each room to describe... More
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