The Thomas Wolfe Memorial

American Literature – A National Historic Landmark

Thomas Wolfe left an indelible mark on American letters. And his mother's boardinghouse in Asheville, North Carolina—now the Thomas Wolfe Memorial—has become one of literature's most famous landmarks. Named "Old Kentucky Home" by a previous owner, Wolfe immortalized the rambling Victorian structure as "Dixieland" in his epic autobiographical novel, Look Homeward, Angel. A classic of American literature, Look Homeward, Angel has never gone out of print since its 1929 publication, keeping interest in Wolfe alive and attracting visitors to the setting for this great novel. Continued

The Writer Thomas Wolfe

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Thomas Wolfe Memorial

Wolfe's Angel from Wolfe Memorial on Vimeo.

Upcoming Events

  • September 1:
    The museum is closed on Monday (Labor Day holiday) and will reopen to the public Tuesday on its regular schedule.

  • September 13:
    "The Blessed Place": A Celebration of Thomas Wolfe and NC Mountain Music

    Saturday, 1 - 5 pm
    The Old Kentucky Home, the model for the boarding house Dixieland in Thomas Wolfe's classic novel, Look Homeward, Angel will resound with Wolfe's words and Appalachian string band music when fiddler Bobby Hicks, recipient of the 2014 North Carolina Heritage Award, is joined by some of the finest pickers in the business. Joining Hicks will be former Bluegrass Boy, Ralph Lewis and the Sons of Ralph. Brooke and George Buckner will play selections from their CD, So Far from Forgetting, the title from a letter written by Wolfe expressing his love for "the blessed place" that is western North Carolina. Readings from Wolfe's powerfully emotive prose will be interspersed with the musical performances. The event will also feature master fiddler Roger Howell, vocalist Doc Cudd, guitarist Chris Sharp and bass player Kevin Kehrberg.

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Contact Us

The Thomas Wolfe Memorial
52 N. Market St.
Asheville, N.C. 28801
Phone: (828) 253-8304
Fax: (828) 252 8171

Hours of Operation

Tuesday - Saturday--9 am - 5 pm

Closed Sundays, Mondays


Adults - $5; Children - $2
Pre-registered adult groups are $2.50 per person. School groups are free.



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