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“A Look Into The Past”

Smith-McDowell House Museum
Ranked #73 of 195 things to do in Asheville
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Reviewed 15 December 2013

Very informative tour and very well maintained. The guide had a lot of information and it was very nice to see all the interesting things they had! If you love history, this is a must see!

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Reviewed 11 December 2013

Just toured the Smith-McDowell House Museum in Asheville, NC. We toured the Biltmore, (which is a must-see in Asheville), but the Smith-McDowell House is a gem in its own right. The docents there really know the history of the house, and details about the people who lived there. Elaine Baker and Lisa were there on the Saturday we visited, and they were really knowledgeable; they answered all of our questions thoroughly. At only $10 per person, this is a great value; you learn more about Asheville's history, they have rooms decorated in different periods, (often with the actual furniture of past residents), and it's much less overwhelming than Biltmore.
The Smith-McDowell House Museum is funded entirely through the admissions they get, and through donations. They can't afford to advertise much, so I'm hoping TripAdvisor will give their attendance a boost. This house is lovely decorated for the holidays, but would be lovely any time of the year. I highly recommend this!

7  Thank TorchGirl
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Reviewed 15 August 2013

The Smith-McDowell House has an interesting history and owners. The brick structure was built in the late 1700s by James McConnell Smith. The house was then sold to wealthy businessman, Alexander Garrett who founded the community of Victoria. He increased the size of the house. The contents in the house are not original to the house, but are items brought in that represent what would have been there. Each of the 2 floors + basement represent a time period. The rooms represent what might have been and not what they were actually used as. It is a self-guided tour which took us less than 30 minutes.

1  Thank letusescape56
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SmithMcDowell, Manager at Smith-McDowell House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2013

A few clarifications: James Smith built the house c.1840 and it stayed in the family through his daughter and son-in-law (the McDowell family) until the Garretts purchased the house in 1881. It has had numerous other post-war Civil War owners who made changes which we interpret as part of the evolution of the house through Asheville's history. We have many Smith and McDowell artifacts in the house. Text for each of our period rooms identifies original items, as well as other period artifacts.

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Reviewed 10 August 2013

They were doing some renovations when we went, but we were able to see enough of what we wanted to see. Fee is $8 which I thought was a little high. They do accept AAA for a small discount. The tour begins with a short video. You then get to take a self guided tour. The downstairs attendant was very much excited about the home and gave us some interesting information. The young attendant upstairs that may have been an intern was able to answer questions, but lacked enthusiasm. Overall, a good experience.

3  Thank Mickmicker
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Reviewed 18 May 2013

I love to see how the wealthy lived at the turn of the century and then compare it to the obscenely wealthy Vanderbilts. It is on the grounds of AB Tech. Too many people miss this - you shouldn't. Admission used to be a donation.

2  Thank Connie H
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