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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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Look Homeward, Riverside Cemetery

  • October 04, 2014
  • Address: 52 North Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801

Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site staff will conduct Look Homeward, Riverside Cemetery Tours based upon the real people who became characters ... more

Look Homeward, Riverside Cemetery

  • October 11, 2014
  • Address: 52 North Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801

Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site staff will conduct Look Homeward, Riverside Cemetery Tours based upon the real people who became characters ... more

Read with the Wolfe

  • October 11, 2014
  • Address: 52 North Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801

Free Workshop, presented by Georgeanne Spruce and Laura Hope-Gill. A Guide to Reading Thomas Wolfe. Donations to Friends of Thomas Wolfe encouraged. more

Thomas Wolfe's Birthday Celebration

  • October 03, 2014
  • Address: 52 North Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801

The Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site has announced an exciting month of activities for October in honor of Thomas Wolfe’s 114th birthda... more

Thomas Wolfe’s Asheville

  • October 25, 2014
  • Address: 52 North Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801

Thomas Wolfe’s Asheville Architectural Tour led by Laura Hope-Gill. Donations to Friends of Thomas Wolfe Encouraged. more

Write with the Wolfe

  • October 25, 2014
  • Address: 52 North Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801

Free Workshop, presented by Laura Hope-Gill. Write as Many Words as You Can. Donations to Friends of Thomas Wolfe encouraged. more

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Total Sqft.: 400.00

Number of Rooms: 1