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“We Were Disappointed”

Smith-McDowell House Museum
Ranked #75 of 192 things to do in Asheville
Attraction details
Near Chicago, IL
Level 5 Contributor
73 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“We Were Disappointed”
Reviewed 2 April 2012

As we arrived, the primary tour guide passed us in the hall with another tour group of three people. There were three of us in our group, and rather than asking us if we wanted to wait for her next tour, she passed us off to an intern who had never given the tour before. He did the best he could, but did not add much to our experience. In several cases, we had to tell him what a particular artifact was. In time, I'm sure he will be a good tour guide, but he's not there yet. I'm much more disappointed with the primary tour guide for not ensuring that we got our money's worth. On the subject of money, this tour cost us $8.00 and we took several other tours which cost less and which were of much better quality.
The concept of the tour was also a little strange. Rather than gear the restoration and exhibits to the Smith or McDowell eras, the rooms were each themed to a different era over the lifetime of the home. This made things more confusing rather than more clear.
Considering that this is the oldest "Mansion" in Asheville, I really thought that it could have been presented better.

Visited April 2012
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English first
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Informative and Interesting”
Reviewed 27 February 2012

We visited as a family and were the last tour of the day. Our guide was enthusiastic and not only gave us a thorough tour through the rooms representing the decades the house was lived in by different families, but answered our many questions. If you are interested in the local history of asheville and want to ask questions from a knowledgeable guide this is a must tour!

Visited February 2012
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Asheville, North Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Okay”
Reviewed 12 February 2012

It was just an old house that smelled like moth balls. I mean it was cute and all but not worth going out of your way to see.

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2 Thank Courtney R
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Hendersonville, North Carolina
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great Historical Home”
Reviewed 10 February 2012

Beautifully decorated at Christmas time. But interesting to go through at anytime. It is interesting to find out the history behind this house and who it is named for.

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Asheville, North Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Boring”
Reviewed 9 February 2012

Sorry but I was not impressed, there are many other older homes with more interest.

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