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Thomas Wolfe Memorial

52 N Market St, Asheville, NC 28801-8105
+1 828-253-8304
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Fascinating glimpse of literary history

The tour here is poignant. Knowing some of the tragic background of one of America's finest writers... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Longmont, Colorado
Regular stop.

We always stop here on our travels to the area. I enjoy catching up with the staff on the latest... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Chillicothe, Ohio
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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
+1 828-253-8304
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The tour here is poignant. Knowing some of the tragic background of one of America's finest writers always informs the reading of these iconic works.Very authentic preservation.

Thank FreeSpirit33527
Reviewed 5 days ago

We always stop here on our travels to the area. I enjoy catching up with the staff on the latest works regarding Wolfe, touring the house, etc.

Thank Bryn180
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have not read any of his work but wanted to see this boarding house. Left wanting to read his books. Great to visit.

Thank lu10
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The group was small but we had an amazing tour guide who gave great information. The visiting center was good and informative as well.

Thank Jailynn B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very interesting author. Asheville is very lucky to have his childhood home in its original condition. The visitors center is full of information presented in a very tasteful manner. Be sure to see the short movie and walk through the history of Thomas Wolfe, then...More

Thank kayn576
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nicely organized tour of childhood home of Thomas Wolfe for those interested in famous novels, literature. Brief film was good, can watch either before or after tour of house.

Thank Schwitzy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The guided tour led us through almost all the rooms of this former boarding house. Even without the added bonus of a famous author having lived there and written about the experience, the tour is a glimpse into another time and way of life.

Thank samanthasopoe
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I will mention at the outset that I am a retired English teacher, and I love visiting authors' homes when my husband and I travel around the country. However, I had never read or taught Thomas Wolfe, and I am now reading "Look Homeward, Angel."...More

1  Thank Marty M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have lived in Asheville 37 years, and this was our first visit. We waited far too long. The guide should have spoken a bit louder as we missed a few details. But, it was very worthwhile, and we will go again and encourage others...More

Thank Gordon M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had never read his best known book, but now with the insights into the man and his short 38 life, we will. Our docent was very knowledgeable as we toured the 29 bedroom boarding house run by his mother. He never owned a house...More

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Joan E
I'd like to recommend a movie, Genius, which stars Colin Firth and Jude Law. It tells the true story of Perkins, the editor, and Wolf, the author, and how they find a way to get Wolf's books published. This movie is in theaters now.
9 July 2016|
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Response from edhelton | Reviewed this property |
Thank you. I definitely want to see this movie!
When is the home open?
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.
How long does the guided tour take ? or how long should we plan to experience the house/ ground etc? thanks!
27 May 2015|
Response from roycefolks | Reviewed this property |
Plan an hour. Took 45 min. for us but we were the only people there.