- Historic Sites
Thomas Wolfe Memorial
Depicted as "Dixieland" in Wolfe's novel Look Homeward, Angel, this historic Old Kentucky Home boarding house, run by Wolfe's mother, was home to the author for ten years.
Considered by many to be one of the giants of 20th Century American Literature, Thomas Wolfe immortalized his childhood home in his epic autobiographical novel, Look Homeward, Angel. Wolfe's colorful portrayal of his family, his hometown of Asheville, North Carolina, and the Old Kentucky Home boarding house earned the historic Victorian home a place as one of American Literature's most famous landmarks.
A modern visitor center, opened in late 1996, is located at 52 North Market Street, directly behind the historic Old Kentucky Home boarding house. The facility houses an exhibit hall featuring personal effects from the Wolfe family home, Wolfe's New York City apartment, and his father's stonecutting shop.