Asheville Insider Tip: Visit the Home of an American Literary Icon.
Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site
The mountains surrounding Asheville have a deep literary history stretching back to the days of the infamous Thomas Wolfe, an author who in 1929 dared to air the dirty laundry of Asheville's citizens in Look Homeward, Angel. At the time, Wolfe became a social pariah and had to leave Asheville, however he did come home again to his final resting place in Riverside Cemetery. You can visit his grave site or tour the Kentucky-style boarding house that he called home. The Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site is located in downtown Asheville and is open Tuesday - Saturday from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The cost to enter is $5.
Looking for more of the mountain's literary heritage? Follow the NC Literary Trail through Asheville and the surrounding areas. Asheville area point of interest include:
There are many writers to with ties to Western North Carolina mountains. O. Henry, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Carl Sandburg, Ron Rash, Sara Gruen, Nina Simone, Wilma Dykeman, and Charles Frazier are only a small sampling of the literary talent found around Asheville.