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

  • April 13:
    Falling in Love with Thomas Wolfe:
    A Story at a Time

    Thursday, 5:30 - 7 pm
    Many readers fall in love with Wolfe's sprawling sentences, and his expansive view of American life, while others struggle with the enormousness of scale. Discussing Thomas Wolfe's short stories is a wonderful way to discover Thomas Wolfe. On the second Thursday of each month, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial and the Wilma Dykeman Legacy presents a series of short story discussions. On April 13, 2017, the "Gulliver: The Story of a Tall Man" discussion will be led by Brandon Johnson. The story is found in The Complete Short Stories of Thomas Wolfe, edited by Francis E. Skipp. Each month, January through April a different local educator will lead the club in discussion of a pre-selected short story written by Thomas Wolfe. Just read the selected short story, show up at the corresponding meeting, and be prepared for an informative and provocative conversation. Admission is free, and open to the public.

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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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