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Address: 52 N Market St, Asheville, NC 28801-8105
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+1 828-253-8304
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Thomas Wolfe's childhood home, immortalized in his 1929 novel, "Look...

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.

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You Can't go Home Again - but you can tour Thomas Wolfe's Old Home

The tour of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial was very educational. It was filled with historical information about his life, his family and the boarding house he grew up in. I also... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Peggy D
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Hoover, Alabama
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Hoover, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The tour of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial was very educational. It was filled with historical information about his life, his family and the boarding house he grew up in. I also enjoyed the museum part of the tour - all of the pieces on display and the information shared about each piece.

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Bethesda, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Though I am widely read I was not greatly familiar with the intimate life of the author of "Look Homeward Angel" (see recent biopic movie on cable). A visit to the author's "home" (it was a boarding house run by his parsimonious mother) followed by a visit to the nearby Asheville cemetery where both Wolfe and other famous author O.... More 

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited this museum years ago when a family member was a student at Warren Wilson College. Even though our tour revealed this memorial is exemplary, I neglected to submit this brief review long before now to highly recommend a visit to this memorial. One does not have to love Thomas Wolfe's work as much as I do to appreciate... More 

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Rigby, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I did not know much about Thomas Wolfe before my visit to the visitor center and the boarding house his Mother ran. I enjoyed the trip down memory lane. Make sure to watch the movie about his life before you take the tour of the boarding house, it will make the visit more meaningful.

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Asheville, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We toured the original Thomas Wolfe Memorial some years ago before it burned and I can truthfully say that the restoration is historically accurate. Thomas Wolfe fans will find this a fascinating stop in Asheville.

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Augusta, GA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a private tour with Sara, and she was excellent, very passionate about this author and his life story. We hadn't read his books since high school 40-50 years ago and had forgotten that his novel, Look Homeward, Angel, was basically autobiographical and very poignant. You basically tour the boarding house that his mother owned and slaved over to... More 

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Dublin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

We had a quick visit to the house where Thomas Wolfe grew up and he had a formidable mother. There is a very comprehensive exhibition which is free and give a good account of his life and works. Lovely friendly staff, we did not have time for a longer visit, but it was enough. Well worth while

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Long Beach, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Nice tour of the house. The docent was very knowledgeable. Many things in the house are original, including pictures of the family members.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

The Asheville symphony sounded like this facility had been built for them as it was crystal clear and wonderful; Ode to Joy it was!

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Vienna, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

I toured the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in the morning before touring the Biltmore -- what a contrast! Both were incredible in their own right. Only $5 to tour the Old Kentucky Home where Thomas Wolfe grew up, and only one other person on the tour. There is a small free parking lot next to the visitor's center which I wish... More 

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