Smith-McDowell House Museum

Smith-McDowell House Museum


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  • Hours - Wednesday-Saturday 10:00 am-4:00 pm; Sunday 12:00-4:00 pm


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  • 283 Victoria Rd.

    Asheville,   NC   28801


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The 4-story mansion was built on a plantation south of Asheville approximately 20 years before the Civil War. Constructed on a hill’s summit, ringed by picturesque mountains, the manse was constructed by slave labor. During a time when most people lived in log cabins, the imposing structure was composed of rare brick. Slave labor was probably used to construct the impressive home. Today known as The Smith-McDowell House, it is the oldest surviving house in Asheville and the oldest brick house in Buncombe County.

While there are changing exhibits, a permanent exhibit tells the story of the three families associated with this house in the 1800s – the Smiths, the McDowells, and the Garretts – and how their lives show the many ways the land shaped them and they shaped the land.

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283 Victoria Rd.
Asheville NC 28801


Latitude: 35° 34' 26.04" / Longitude: -82° 33' 14.76"

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