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“Kind of sad, really”

Thomas Wolfe Memorial
Ranked #13 of 194 things to do in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed February 25, 2013

The Thomas Wolfe House not only suffered the indignity of being torched and nearly destroyed by an arsonist but now, after it has been recreated, a monsterous condo has risen six or seven stories high right next door and close enough to cast a shadow. It's a lovely historic site to visit and the restoration was as good as you could expect, but somehow seeing million dollar condos next to Thomas Wolfe's family rooming house is just a shame. There is no looking homeward any more.

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Reviewed February 23, 2013

I enjoyed walking around this place because it's been kept much as it was in Wolfe's time, and the guides are very knowledgeable not only about the life of Wolfe but about Asheville as a city during that time period. It's just sad that there's an ugly modern glass exterior commercial complex SO close to the property. You can almost image yourself back in Wolfe's day... until you look out one of the windows. I was also amused that they put excerpts from Wolfe's books in the bathroom stalls with signs that say "A little reading while you go". My husband was amused with the life size cardboard cutout of Wolfe at his actual height, dwarfing my 6'2 husband :-P

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Thomas Wolfe's novel was not an easy read but I was determined to have some literary "link' with the Asheville area before we visited in November 2012. I was delighted to visit the family home and experience each room. My husband had not read the book but he found the introductory video and our excellent young guide's commentary on each room and life in Asheville at the time very interesting. We were thrilled to have included this visit in our itinerary. We also located the well sign posted Angel monument in the cemetery at Hendersonville on our return trip from the Smoky Mountains NP to Raleigh

Thank GreyD
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Reviewed January 4, 2013

Thomas Wolfe was not just a writer, he was an institution. His home is well worth seeing. We nearly lost it several years ago. thank goodness the people of Asheville love their history ad and want to persevere it for others to see.

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Reviewed January 3, 2013

Great historical visit, very inexpensive entrance fee with excellent guides. Everyone in the family has been and enjoyed by all

Thank twlb4
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