Thomas Wolfe, one of the greatest Southern literary icons, once lived here. See the home that Thomas Wolfe grew up in and ... More
Thomas Wolfe Memorial
Thomas Wolfe, one of the greatest Southern literary icons, once lived here. See the home that Thomas Wolfe grew up in and depicted in his famous novel "Look Homeward, Angel". Though damaged by arson in 1998, much has been restored to the delight of visitors. There are guided tours, trails, outdoor exhibits, monuments, a visitor's center and a gift shop. Each fall, the Thomas Wolfe Festival is held here as well.
This place was the home of one of America's most famous novelists. Its worth your time to understand a little more about why this guy, Thomas Wolfe, was so important!
"His writing style was very autobiographical, especially if it is compared to some of his contemporaries. His childhood in Asheville molded his work for his entire life, and is especially obvious in Look Homeward, Angel."
We visited this museum just before Christmas. We'd not planned on visiting until another couple we met during our visit to the Biltmore Estate recommended it to us. What a FANTASTIC little museum! And what's more, we were amazed to discover that the admission price was only a BUCK! Our house guide was extremely knowledgeable and patient in answering our questions regarding Thomas Wolfe and his writings - since we'd never actually read him. The house, contrary to the earlier review, did not burn down but was severely damaged in an arson fire in 1998. We found that this museum offered a better insight into Asheville's history during the turn of the 20th century. I'd definately include a visit to this museum on any future visit to Asheville!
The 'Old Kentucky Home' has replaced the Thomas Wolfe house which burned down several years ago. Instead of a tour of his childhood in Asheville, NC, it has become a tribute to his Mother's boardinghouse, and she is oddly idolized as a Feminist 'before her time'.
There is very little to see about Thomas Wolfe's life there, but much about his Mother, with reproductions of how it was furnished, and who slept where.
The adjacent property has displays and souvenirs, which is more toward his life and writings.
It appears to be well-funded by the state and his relatives, but only mentions his first book about Asheville, 'Look Homeward Angel'; while ignoring other places and books.
I love Thomas Wolfe; hated this sorry tour!
thier is a museum next to the Thomas Wolfe memorial (the memorial house is where he lived as a young man) It is a minimal cost per person ( I recall $1.00 per person when we went, June, 2006), the guide was extremely knowledgeable and the tour was very good and well worth it along with the next door museum which you can view and gives you a detailed overview of Thomas Wolfe, recommend it.
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