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

Upcoming Events

  • May 14:
    Thomas Wolfe Book Club

    Thursday, 5:30 - 7 pm
    This month's meeting features a discussion of "The Lost Boy" led by Paul Spivey. Now is the perfect opportunity to dip into the work of Thomas Wolfe by reading some of his short stories. A monthly Thomas Wolfe Book Club, sponsored by The Wilma Dykeman Legacy, will meet at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site. Each month, a different local author will lead the club in discussion of a pre-selected short story written by Thomas Wolfe. The Thomas Wolfe Book Club meetings will take place on the 2nd Thursday of every month from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM. Refreshments will be served from 5:30 to 6:00. You don't have to attend all club meetings to be a member. Just read the selected short story, show up at the corresponding meeting, and be prepared for an informative and provocative conversation.

  • Through May 30:
    The Border's Garb

    Daily, 9 am - 5 pm
    In "Look Homeward, Angel" Thomas Wolfe wrote, "Upon the darkening porch, awaiting food, the boarders rocked, oh rocked with laughter." One hundred years ago boarding and providing lodging were not unusual in American family life, as an estimated one-third to one-half of all urban Americans either boarded or took in boarders.
    A new exhibit, "The Boarder's Garb," runs through May 30 at Thomas Wolfe Memorial. "Visitors will discover Julia Wolfe's boarders have returned to unpack their clothes at Old Kentucky Home," said Historic Site Manager Tom Muir. "And it wasn't like staying at Downton Abbey."

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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 $2 per person.
+7% NC Sales Tax beginning Jan. 1, 2015



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