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Address: 52 N Market St, Asheville, NC 28801-8105
Phone Number: +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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I actually preferred this over Biltmore House

Great small museum; it seems many of the family artifacts passed down to the museum itself so much has been preserved. They recovered from the devastating fire of 1998 very well... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
daisy27104
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Winston Salem, North Carolina

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great small museum; it seems many of the family artifacts passed down to the museum itself so much has been preserved. They recovered from the devastating fire of 1998 very well. I look forward to visiting here again.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thomas Wolfe house was very interesting. The visitors center had an exhibit on his life and a 20 minute film. The house tour took about 45 minutes. It was very interesting and informative. I had heard of Thomas Wolfe but had never read any of his works. It was a last minute decision to take the tour and I was... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Go back to the time that saw Thomas Wolfe as a young boy. This tour will give you insight into the characters from his novels. The tour is excellent. All questions were answered. You even get to see his shoes.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Part of travel, maybe the biggest part, is the excitement of the unexpected. Visiting the home of the author who wrote You Can't Go Home Again was all of that, exciting and unexpected. Thomas Wolfe is one of the giants of American letters, and almost a giant among men at six feet six inches tall. From his home on one... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A fascinating story of an author and writer of the early - mid 19 century who died of meningitis. He wrote many books in his life

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Located right in the middle of town. Easy to park and take the tour. It's a great way to spend a couple hours

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Asheville, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Admittedly I have not been here since they had the fire but basically this is just a house that Mother Wolfe turned into a boarding house. Nothing fancy, nothing very impressive. But then I never was a big T. Wolfe fan.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It's hard to find a house with such excellent preservation and intact with it's items within. The tour guide gave great information while going throughout the house. I took my daughter (age 10) there for a history fair project and was very pleased with both the tour and the exhibit located in the building behind the house; coming home with... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Our tour guide was so personable and knowledgeable she made our group feel like we knew Thomas Wolfe and his mother! Really a great tour.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We had time to visit the Thomas Wolfe Memorial. It was very well done. I came away with a deeper understanding of Wolfe's environment as he was growing up. I was also amazed at the willingness of people to live in crowded boarding houses in the 1920's and '30's. I had never read Wolfe's novels or short stories, but I... More 

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