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

  • November 11:
    Site Closed

    We will be closed in observance of Veteran's Day (state holiday) on Tuesday, November 11th, reopening Wednesday, November 12th on our regular schedule. "Thank You" to all veterans for your service.


  • December 13:
    Gimcrack's Day

    Saturday, 9 am - 4:30 pm
    Make a holiday ornament, see Thomas Wolfe's boyhood home. Thomas Wolfe wrote of his childhood; "He was liberally dowered with bright-painted gimcracks upon Christmas Day; and in his heart he hated those who advocated "useful" gifts." (Gimcrack – pronounced jim-krak, noun, a cheap and showy ornament; a knickknack.) Admission is $5 for adults, children (ages 7-17) are admitted free of charge.


  • Wolfe's Angel from Wolfe Memorial on Vimeo

Wolfe Memorial Information

Contact Us

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

Hours of Operation

Tuesday - Saturday--9 am - 5 pm

Closed Sundays, Mondays

Admission

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

 

 


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