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Thomas Wolfe Memorial

  • 52 Market St. Map It
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  • Fodor's Choice

Published 11/14/2017

Fodor's 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. 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. The house has been restored to its original 1916 condition, including a light canary-yellow paint (though Wolfe called it "dirty yellow") on the exterior. You'll find a visitor center and many displays, and there are hourly guided tours of the house and heirloom gardens.

Sight Information


52 Market St., Asheville, North Carolina, 28801, USA

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Sight Details:

  • $5
  • Closed Sun. and Mon.

Published 11/14/2017


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