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Thomas Wolfe Memorial
Ranked #15 of 185 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.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Worth the time”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2014 via mobile

I didn't know much about Wolfe so it was very interesting. The guided tour is definitely worth the time and $5. The tour guide was great and had tons of information.

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maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Good Music Venue”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2014

Great Historic Theater just could of been a lot Cleaner , Will go back for Beck! Staff and the coppers are wonderful at this place full of info.

Visited June 2014
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“Interesting, Informative, Delightful Visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2014

The house where Thomas Wolfe grew up has been very pleasantly restored to just what it was like when he lived there. The young woman (I think her name was Rebecca) who gave us the tour of the house was delightful - very well informed, interesting and more than willing to answer our questions. Not crowded when we were there - I almost felt like I'd see Thomas Wolfe sleeping (probably on the floor) of this house which was his mother's boarding house. Well worth the visit and very, very reasonably priced. In fact, if you take the trolley tour, admission (only $5.00) is half price.

Visited June 2014
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Albany, New York
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“Excellent glimpse into history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014

Author Thomas Wolfe lived here as a child, and while his life is discussed, the real interest in this house is that it was a boarding home. In the early 1900's people would stay here for two meals and a place to sleep for $1 per day. I found it to be a fascinating bit of history of which I was unaware. A tour comes with the price of admission, which was not expensive.

Visited May 2014
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West Chester, Ohio
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“Avaluable piece of Asheville History”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014

Interesting museum/tour about intriguing American author and an excellent value at $5. The museum is neat/clean, well done with Wolfe artifacts, video and knowledgeable, friendly staff.
The tour of Thomas Wolfe's mother's boarding house provides fascinating insight into life and work of Mrs. Wolfe and family as they cared for up to 40 boarders. The hour tour contained Asheville history of the early 1900"s. This was my second visit and would recommend it to authors, readers and all history buffs. It is located downtown, easy walk to Grove Arcade and the Basilica.

Visited May 2014
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