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“Great Stop For Book Lovers”

Thomas Wolfe Memorial
Ranked #12 of 188 things to do in Asheville
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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.
Spartanburg, South Carolina
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85 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Great Stop For Book Lovers”
Reviewed 1 March 2012

This is located downtown, but pretty easy to get to. If you are a book lover, you'll get a kick out of it. You can pick-up a copy of Wolfe's "Look Homeward Angel", after the tour. And, if you are adventurous, you can then drive down I-26 to Hendersonville ... follow Hwy. 64W to the edge of town ... there you'll find Oakdale Cemetary where Wolfe's famous angel resides.

Visited February 2012
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English first
nc
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Celtic Woman”
Reviewed 27 February 2012

Excellent venue for this fabulous show. I look forward to visiting Asheville and seeing another show at this venu.

Visited February 2012
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Canton, North Carolina
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50 reviews
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“Look homeward Angel”
Reviewed 26 February 2012

This is a boarding house in the middle of Asheville and is preserved to how life was in Thomas Wolfe's era. If you are a literacy buff you can see first hand the day to day influences that provided the framework for Thomas Wolfe's writings. If you are a history buff, then you can experience the blue collar experience in that era juxtaposed to the Biltmore House of the rich and famous. It was a much better experience before hotels and condominiums sprung up around it but it is still an interesting visit at very little cost.

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Western NC
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46 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Good for Kids and Adults”
Reviewed 1 February 2012

very informative and low cost! great opportunity to learn a little more about one of Asheville's favorite sons. Thomas Wolfe used many of his memories from here to create characters for "Look Homeward Angel". Downtown right next to the Renaissance hotel

Visited October 2011
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Winnsboro, South Carolina
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Treasure”
Reviewed 17 January 2012

This was a fabulous tour for $1! The house was linked to Wolfe's writing - literary history....thoroughly enjoyed it.

Visited January 2012
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