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

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Upcoming Events

  • October 3:
    Wolfe Birthday Celebration

    Friday, 9 am - 8 pm
    The Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site has announced an exciting month of activities for October in honor of Thomas Wolfe's 114th birthday year. On Friday October 3rd, 2014 celebrate Wolfe's birthday. Free admission to guided tours of Old Kentucky Home is planned for North Carolina residents throughout the day. At 6 pm October 3rd the Memorial will host a celebration in partnership with Lenoir-Rhyne University announcing the launch of the Thomas Wolfe Center for Narrative. Readings from Wolfe's story "Child By Tiger" will be given by director Laura Hope-Gill, local historian Andrea Clark, and author David Madden. The readings will be followed by a reception. The public is invited to attend and join in celebrating Wolfe's birthday. Admission is free.

  • October 4:
    "Look Homeward" Cemetery Tour

    Saturday, 10 am - 12 noon
    The Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site staff will conduct "Look Homeward" Riverside Cemetery Tours based upon the real people who became characters in Wolfe's work, Look Homeward Angel. Admission is $5.00 for the tour, with tickets purchased in advance at the Memorial's visitor center on 52 N. Market Street.

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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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