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Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site

  • 52 North Market Street
    Asheville, NC 28801
  • 828-253-8304
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Novelist Thomas Wolfe spent a decade of his childhood growing up in his mother's Asheville boardinghouse. Called "Old Kentucky Home" the house was patronized by summer tourists and health seekers during the early years of the 20th century. These boarders would later inspire many of the colorful characters in Wolfe's 1929 novel, Look Homeward, Angel. The house itself was recast as "Dixieland" and would provide much of the setting for the story. Today, tours of the Old Kentucky Home provide a glimpse into Asheville's early rise to prominence as a resort for health and recreation as well as the stories associated with Thomas Wolfe's colorful and turbulent childhood here. An adjacent visitor's center and museum contains a self guided exhibit hall and 22 minute film presentation on Wolfe's life and writings.

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Look Homeward, Riverside Cemetery Tour

  • September 12, 2015
  • Address: 52 North Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801

“Look Homeward” Riverside Cemetery: Coinciding with the 77th anniversary of the death of Thomas Wolfe, this walking tour is based on the p... more

Look Homeward, Riverside Cemetery Tour

  • September 19, 2015
  • Address: 52 North Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801

“Look Homeward” Riverside Cemetery: Coinciding with the 77th anniversary of the death of Thomas Wolfe, this walking tour is based on the p... more

Wilma Dykeman Book Club

  • September 10, 2015
  • Location: Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site
  • Address: 52 North Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801

"Who Killed the French Broad" Discussion led by Karen Cragnolin, Executive Director, RiverLink.  Now is the perfect opportunity to dip... more

Wilma Dykeman Book Club

  • October 08, 2015
  • Location: Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site
  • Address: 52 North Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801

"The Chateau and the Boardinghouse" Discussion Leader: Dan Pierce, Chair, UNCA Department of History.  Now is the perfect opportunity ... more

Wilma Dykeman Book Club

  • November 12, 2015
  • Location: Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site
  • Address: 52 North Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801

"Every Home Its Own Community" Discussion Leader: Micheal Sartisky, former President, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.  Now is ... more

Wilma Dykeman Book Club

  • December 10, 2015
  • Location: Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site
  • Address: 52 North Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801

"No Cokes in Hell" Discussion Leader: Catherine Frank, Executive Director, Osher Lifelong Learning Center at UNCA. Now is the perfect opport... more

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Total Sqft.: 400.00

Number of Rooms: 1