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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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  • Maximum Capacity: 48

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Writers at Wolfe - Fred Chappell

  • June 07, 2014
  • Address: 52 North Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801

Distinguished North Carolina author of more than two dozen books of poetry, fiction and literary criticism, Fred Chappell will read from his work. more

Writers at Wolfe - Heather Ross Miller

  • July 12, 2014
  • Address: 52 North Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801

North Carolina author of over a dozen books of poetry and fiction, and distinguished Professor Emeritus from Washington and Lee University, Heather Ro... more

Writers at Wolfe - Joseph Bathanti

  • June 21, 2014
  • Address: 52 North Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801

North Carolina Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti reads from his works. As North Carolina’s seventh poet laureate, Bathanti serves as the ambassador ... more

Writers at Wolfe - Robert Morgan

  • May 17, 2014
  • Address: 52 North Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801

North Carolina author Robert Ray Morgan will present readings from his latest work, "The Road from Gap Creek." more

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Total Sqft.: 400.00

Number of Rooms: 1