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Thomas Wolfe Memorial

sidewalk tile of the angel of "Look Homeward Angel"

Thomas Wolfe Memorial Review

Asheville's most famous son, novelist Thomas Wolfe (1900–38), grew up in a 29-room Queen Anne–style home that his mother ran as a boardinghouse. In his prime in the 1930s, Wolfe was widely viewed as one of the best writers America had ever produced; his reputation gradually waned, although today he is being rediscovered. The house—memorialized as "Dixieland" in Wolfe's novel Look Homeward, Angel—was badly damaged in a 1998 fire; it reopened in 2004 following a painstaking $2.4 million renovation. While about one-fifth of the furniture and artifacts were lost in the fire, the house has been restored to its original 1916 condition, including a light canary-yellow paint on the exterior. You'll find a visitor center and many displays, and there are guided tours of the house and heirloom gardens.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 52 Market St., Downtown, Asheville, NC, 28801 | Map It
  • Phone: 828/253–8304
  • Cost: $5
  • Hours: Tues.–Sat. 9–5, Sun. 1–5
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  • Location: Asheville
Updated: 11-07-2012

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