The North Carolina Mountains Sights


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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