Upon looking at attractions in the Smoky Mountain Park region, I came across a small historic site in Asheville, North Carolina.
The Thomas Wolfe Memorial is located at 52 North Market Street in downtown Asheville and the cost of admission is extremely low. Ticket prices are just $1 for adults and 50 cents for students.
I really did not know anything about Thomas Wolfe, so obviously, going to a landmark which would reveal who he was and what he was famous for really intrigued me. I am also a homeschooling mom, so this would be a great educational aspect to our vacation and one that would only set us back a few dollars.
Thomas Wolfe was born on October 3, 1900 in Asheville, North Carolina and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
“Look Homeward, Angel” is one of his most famous pieces and is kind of an autobiography based on his life growing up here in Asheville. He also wrote other various short stories and 4 novels during his brief life of only 38 years.
Thomas Wolfe died in 1938 after being ill with tuberculosis of the brain. Prior to this illness, he suffered from pneumonia but did get treatment for both problems, but unfortunately he passed on at such a young age.
He is buried at Asheville’s Riverside Cemetery along with his parents William Wolfe and Julia Westall.
The memorial and visitor center is actually his mother’s boarding home. The house had fire damage some years ago but has since been restored only having lost a small percentage of the original artifacts.
Because the admission price is so low, this is a great incentive to visit this well known author’s childhood home and learn more about his upbringing and life.
The Thomas Wolfe Memorial is closed on Mondays, but is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. They are also open on Sundays from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.
Since this Memorial is right in the heart of downtown Asheville, it is a great place to spend a few moments in between other main attractions, or a great place for locals to spend a peaceful afternoon.
They also cater to fieldtrips and is free for those attending with school groups.
The Thomas Wolfe Memorial also holds small events during the year such as a poetry reading on the front porch for free. Please check the website, here, for more information about anything you have read, to learn more about Thomas Wolfe, or the events taking place at his memorial.