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Thomas Wolfe Memorial

Opens in 22 min: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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If you have any interest in American literature, it's worth a visit

The guided tour of Thomas Wolfe's boyhood home is wonderful, and the museum in the adjacent... read more

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Elaine S
Asheville, North Carolina
Thomas Wolfe Memorial Home

This is the boarding house that was the childhood home of Thomas Wolfe and his family. It is... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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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...more
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52 N Market St, Asheville, NC 28801-8105
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Reviewed yesterday

The guided tour of Thomas Wolfe's boyhood home is wonderful, and the museum in the adjacent visitor's center is well worth the time to explore. This is a great Asheville landmark to visit with guests, if they know and care anything about Wolfe.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Elaine S
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is the boarding house that was the childhood home of Thomas Wolfe and his family. It is maintained as part of a memorial to the local author and is next to a modern structure erected by the city to showcase his life.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is a great little history lesson on Thomas Wolf, the Genesis of several of his novels, and touring the boarding house is very interesting. The visitor center has a little museum display, books and a 22 minute video on Thomas Wolf... all free. For...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a boarding house from the late 1800's til the 1940's. . Most all the home's furnishings are original to the house, and seeing how strangers shared 'hotel' space back then was very interesting. The lady who ran the place was very interesting as...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Drove by the house on a tour of Asheville. Nothing to stop and see as it is occupied. Typical tour stuff.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 27, 2018 via mobile

We wanted to kill an hour or so before lunch and decided to visit and tour the Thomas Wolfe Memorial. The house is very well maintained and has an interesting history which coincides with the early life of Thomas Wolfe. I have to admit I...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 16, 2018

Our guide, Tom, was wonderful - a talented storyteller blessed with a wry sense of humor. He made the Wolfe family very real. I have not read any of Mr. Wolfe's books, but still enjoyed the tour.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 9, 2018

I went to Thomas Wolfe Memorial home tour on Saturday, October 6th. It happened to be Thomas Wolfe's birthday so they were celebrating with cake. (Tours that day for North Carolina residents were free and for all others only the normal rate of $5). They...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 19, 2018

I found this tour very interesting. I was lucky enough to go for a special event where actors played various roles in the home and told a story of their life in the home. It sounded silly, but I found it a fun way to...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed September 13, 2018

This is the boarding house run by Thomas Wolfe's mother, where he lived from the age of 6. Full of authentic original furnishings. There is also a Visitor Center with a film and a little museum. Great value

Date of experience: September 2018
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Joan E
July 9, 2016|
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Response from CharlesHerschel | Reviewed this property |
I just saw it tonight for the second time. I don't know why critics disliked it so much. I'm a devotee of Mr. Wolfe and Mr. Perkins and think the film is marvelous in the best sense of that word.
June 2, 2016|
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Response from 942felixn | Reviewed this property |
I'm not certain but I recall it is opened 9 AM to 5 PM Tuesday to Saturday. There's ample parking provided there's not a large tour.
May 27, 2015|
Response from Donna A | Reviewed this property |
Plan an hour. Took 45 min. for us but we were the only people there.