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Smith-McDowell House Museum

283 Victoria Rd, Asheville, NC 28801-4817
+1 828-253-9231
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A very interesting look back into history. I asked a lot of questions, so this added to the visit... read more

Reviewed April 28, 2015
Georgia M
Atlanta, Georgia

Boring ... enough said. I apparently have to use 50 characters so ... boring! Boring, Boring... read more

Reviewed March 13, 2015
Asheville, NC
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283 Victoria Rd, Asheville, NC 28801-4817
+1 828-253-9231
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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...More

Thank Georgia M
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?

1  Thank localfoodluvr
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...More

2  Thank Sburris65
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....More

2  Thank Faithyred
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...More

Thank PhoenixRobin
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...More

Thank unclelouie
Reviewed June 27, 2014

What I liked about this House/Museum is the fact it's self guided. Included at each room is an information sheet which gives a History of that period of time. They do have staff available to answer questions and they are very knowledgable. During our visit...More

3  Thank MargaritaR451
Reviewed June 21, 2014

This was a well put together small museum - the docent was very friendly and we tremendously enjoyed the time we spent in this location. The several room exhibits walk you through the changing needs and style of the late 1800s, with insight into the...More

2  Thank Kccey
Reviewed April 17, 2014

This federal style house was occupied since just before the civil war and has now been opened as a museum. You can expect well laid out rooms, good interpretation but perhaps most importantly knowledgable curators who happily tell you the history of the place. It's...More

2  Thank ESVincent
SmithMcDowell, Education Coordinator at Smith-McDowell House Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of Smith-McDowell House. I am so glad you enjoyed your visit! Lisa Whitfield, Education Coordinator

Reviewed December 15, 2013

Very informative tour and very well maintained. The guide had a lot of information and it was very nice to see all the interesting things they had! If you love history, this is a must see!

2  Thank Scott B
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Morgan W
how long does it usually take to tour this museum?
April 21, 2015|
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Response from SmithMcDowell | Property representative |
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