Urban Trail

Location #19 - Dixieland


A bronze version of Wolfe’s shoes draws attention to his mother’s boarding house, Old Kentucky Home, immortalized as "Dixieland" in Wolfe's stories of his fictionalized hometown, including Look Homeward, Angel, his autobiographical first novel. Thomas Wolfe lived in the wide-porched boarding house until leaving Asheville in 1924.  His mother, Julia, stayed there until her death in 1945.  Beautifully preserved, Old Kentucky Home welcomes exploration as a memorial to the novelist.  Artists Dan Millspaugh and Angel Cloer created the bronze shoes and hooked rug.

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