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Thomas Wolfe Memorial

52 N Market St, Asheville, NC 28801-8105
+1 828-253-8304
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We “Looked Homeward” at old boarding house

Late in life, like last winter, I read Look Homeward, Angel. Since Mr. Wolfe was a genius, the 1939... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Tommy M
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Roseville, California
Great tour.

We took the tour of this historical house of Thomas Wolfe. It was interesting and well done. The... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Nadineka
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Plymouth, Massachusetts
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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, 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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52 N Market St, Asheville, NC 28801-8105
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Late in life, like last winter, I read Look Homeward, Angel. Since Mr. Wolfe was a genius, the 1939 novel was a slow read, but a good one. Visiting the Memorial was a nostalgic trip, like getting inside his autographical novel. The film was excellent....More

Thank Tommy M
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We took the tour of this historical house of Thomas Wolfe. It was interesting and well done. The house is beautiful and the tour guide knowledgeable. Worth the time.

Thank Nadineka
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My friend and I knew very little about author Thomas Wolf before taking this tour. Old boarding house Wolfe lived in with his mother has been beautifully preserved. Our tour guide, Tom, patiently answered our many questions. Look forward to trying to read a Wolfe...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having been an English teacher many years ago and still a voracious reader, I absolutely had to see where Thomas Wolfe grew up. This memorial is an A+ place to visit for any English teacher or lover of great authors. We had a tour guide...More

1  Thank Kim F
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Besides being a site where Thomas Wolfe lived, this building was a true boarding house in its era. We had a fantastic docent who brought the boarding house operations and Wolfe's tragically short life to life. With up to 40 people boarding at this location,...More

1  Thank Often_on_road
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had just heard of Thomas Wolfe recently, but decided to take this little tour while I was in the area. I enjoyed hearing of Thomas Wolfe's life and seeing the home that was made in Asheville by his mother. The tour guide, Tom, was...More

Thank DaveInFlorida
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

So this is a nice place to spend an hour if you know who Thomas Wolfe is and like to see where a famous person grew up and hear the backstory to his books if you didn’t already know it.

Thank mthuber
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very good tour guide and convenient location. We had not read his book, but enjoy historical homes so we gave this a try. We were glad we did. The tour guide was very good and entertaining. Well an hour visit.

Thank Pam J
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Reviewed 22 March 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed the tour about Thomas Wolfe being the only ones for the tour we asked a lot of questions, this lasted an hour. The center has a 20 minutes video & exhibit. The docent was very informative, professional and polite. There are steps in...More

1  Thank Penny L
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Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

Tours like this rise and fall on the talent and knowledge of the guide. Thomas was great! And whether or not you're a fan of Wolfe and his writing, you'll find this old boarding house interesting.

1  Thank Stacy S
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Joan E
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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.
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njd_12
3 June 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.
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HensleyDavis
27 May 2015|
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Response from roycefolks | Reviewed this property |
Plan an hour. Took 45 min. for us but we were the only people there.
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