Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site

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Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site


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  • Seasons - Year-round
  • Hours - Tuesday - Saturday 9 am-5 pm; Closed Sundays, Mondays and state holidays


  • 52 North Market St.

    Asheville,   NC   28801


Novelist Thomas Wolfe spent a decade of his childhood growing up in his mother's Asheville boardinghouse. Called "Old Kentucky Home" the house was patronized by summer tourists and health seekers during the early years of the 20th century. These boarders would later inspire many of the colorful characters in Wolfe's 1929 novel, "Look Homeward, Angel". The house itself was recast as "Dixieland" and would provide much of the setting for the story. Today, tours of the "Old Kentucky Home" provide a glimpse into Asheville's early rise to prominence as a resort for health and recreation as well as the stories associated with Thomas Wolfe's colorful and turbulent childhood here. An adjacent visitor's center and museum contains a self guided exhibit hall and 22-minute film presentation on Wolfe's life and writings.

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52 North Market St.
Asheville NC 28801


Latitude: 35° 35' 51.72" / Longitude: -82° 33' 3.2394"

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From I-26, I-40 and US 19-23 (Future I-26 from Johnson City) take the I-240 loop into downtown Asheville. Take exit 5-A (Merrimon Ave. exit) and follow signs to the Thomas Wolfe Memorial. The Memorial is located at 52 N. Market St. next to the Renaissance Hotel.

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