The Blessed Place


The Old Kentucky Home was the boarding house where Thomas Wolfe was raised, and it stands today as The Thomas Wolfe Memorial and state historic site. It is now a museum and one of the most famous American literary landmarks. The innkeepers of Asheville Bed and Breakfast Association Inns are pleased to show you how far gracious Asheville hospitality has come since the early 1900s, but we’d be hard pressed to find an Asheville writer whose genius rises to the level of Thomas Wolfe’s. The Memorial is hosting a celebration of Wolfe’s life with readings and mountain music on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 1 p.m. to 5p.m. Fiddler Bobby Hicks, recipient of the 2014 North Carolina Heritage Award, will play along with some of the area’s finest string band musicians.

Musical performances by Sons of Ralph, master fiddler Roger Howell, vocalist Doc Cudd, guitarist Chris Sharp and bass player Kevin Kehrberg will share the stage with readings from Wolfe’s work. You can see a promotion and sample of the music from the Memorial here. Also, Brooke and George Buckner will perform tunes from their CD, So Far from Forgetting, the title of which is taken from a letter written by Wolfe expressing his love for “the blessed place” that is western North Carolina. The program is free to the public. You can also arrange to take a tour of the memorial which is located in downtown Asheville, so you’ll be able to go right on to enjoy a wonderful late summer evening with a meal at one of the fine restaurants in downtown or perhaps see a show. Returning to the comforts of an Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association Inn caps off a perfect day. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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