Thomas Wolfe House

52 N Market St Asheville

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Thomas Wolfe House

The Thomas Wolfe House, also known as the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, is a state historic site, historic house, and museum located in Downtown Asheville Historic District. The American author Thomas Wolfe (1900-1938) lived in the home during his childhood. The house was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1971 for its association with Wolfe.

In 1883, the two-story frame house was built and it was influenced by Queen Anne style architecture in the United States. By 1906, when Wolfe's mother (Julia Wolfe) bought the house, it was a boarding house called "Old Kentucky Home". Wolfe lived at the boarding house until he went to the University of North Carolina in 1916. Julia enlarged the house in 1917 by adding five rooms.

Wolfe used the house as the setting for his first novel, Look Homeward, Angel in 1929. He changed the name of his mother's boarding house to "Dixieland" in his autobiographical fiction and he incorporated his own experiences among family, friends, and boarders into the book. Therefore, the house became a memorial to Wolfe and it has been open to visitors since the 1950s. It is preserved almost intact with original furnishings arranged by family members similar to the way it appeared when the writer lived there.

When visiting the Thomas Wolfe House, just remember that admission is $5 per person and it is open from Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9 am to 5 pm. Give yourself about an hour and a half to explore this wonderful house and its heritage behind!

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