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Smith-McDowell House Museum

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Address: 283 Victoria Rd, Asheville, NC 28801-4817
Phone Number: 828-253-9231
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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Fascinating History!

The first brick house built in Asheville/Buncombe County, so it is also the oldest house. We were immediately engaged by the knowledgeable docents and fascinated by the breadth... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 15, 2016
Linda M
Naples, Florida, United States
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Naples, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

The first brick house built in Asheville/Buncombe County, so it is also the oldest house. We were immediately engaged by the knowledgeable docents and fascinated by the breadth of the history in this one house! Since we had our baby granddaughter with us, we were delighted to find that nearly every room had something for children--she loved playing with the... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

We watched a short video then were able to explore the house. The guides were always nearby to answer questions. This tour would also be nice for elementary aged children as you can actually touch and handle some of the items on display.

Thank amymreich
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

This was a fantastic house museum experience! This is a house full of local historical significance, and though it is self-guided, the people working in the house were exceptionally knowledgeable and happy to answer questions. They've done a wonderful hob of interpreting the house through a series of owners' eyes and renovations done over the years.

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

Lovely and relevent to this part of the country. A peek into life many years ago. Beautiful grounds.

Thank CatJordan
Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2016

For people that likes USA's history. Small with a good guide. Very interesting and surprising. For familys and others. I like history of USA and I loved.

1 Thank Pricorbet
Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

Admission is $9 a person. The volunteer was very knowledgable about the history of the home. Rooms are decorated nicely & there are information cards located outside each room that point out what's in the room. They have a few Civil War relics and some other interesting antiques. If you have 1-2 hours to spare, it's worth a stop.

Thank dopey1200
Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

I'm a history freak, so this place was an excellent place to visit. It has good Civil War history - aside from general history (oldest brick building)

Thank NiftyNorm
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015 via mobile

It is a nice house but it is sad that it has had so many owners through the years that very little of the orginal charm remains. All of the rooms were stripped while the house was being used as a school so all of the furniture has been replaced with things aquire from the area.

Thank Aln357
Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

The longest tour we have ever been on! The house itself was nicely renovated, but not as "period" decorated as others we have been to. If we had been allowed to take the self guided tour it would have been better. The tour guide herself was long winded and a little strange. She spent the first 15 mins probably rambling... More 

Thank Amber M
Winston-Salem, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

We had very nice guides; the house is beautiful and features are interesting. The history of the house and property is very interesting. Down in the lower level are fun kitchen things to see.

Thank 92ncca

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