When I Was 69

When I Was 69
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Monday, August 26, 2019

Thomas Wolfe's mother's house

The old boarding house that was run by Thomas Wolfe's mother, known as the Old Kentucky Home of Asheville NC, is now a state run historic site, including a museum about Thomas Wolfe.

In case you've not visited Asheville yet, Wolfe wrote the novel "Look Homeward Angel" with many of the characters modeled around family and people living around him. 

I'll let you google him, or if you have read his books or stories, you probably know more than I did walking into this visit last week.  I spent the afternoon sharing a tour with other docents from the Swanannoa History Museum walking through the boarding house of Mrs. Julia Westall Wolfe.

Our guide was Kayla (not sure how she spells it)
No, it's not a sideways photo,the stereoscope is just sitting on that table in the sunny parlor. Seen above and below these slides.

The main parlor had less room for standing,  and was actually roped off.  Most of the other rooms we could walk through, or at least into and out.

I'll have a few more photos of the various rooms to show next time.


  1. Hello, it is a pretty house, a great tour. The memorial plaque and shoes is cool. Enjoy your day, wishing you a great new week ahead!

  2. What a lovely place! Well worth preserving.


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