What to See: Historic Asheville

Feed your curiosity with these picks for what to see in Asheville, all things historic. If you've ever wondered how Asheville came to be what it is today, there is plenty to be gleaned from some of the city's most historic spots including the illustrious Biltmore Estate.

Biltmore Estate

If you are looking to get a glimpse into one of the most historic houses in the United States, look no further than Asheville’s Biltmore Estate. The Estate houses many different operations including a 4-star hotel, gardens, wineries, shops, restaurants, and more. The Biltmore also offers various tours that show off various sections of the estate. Make sure to check out their website for tickets and more information.

Biltmore Estate | (800) 411-3812


Thomas Wolfe Memorial

If you or someone you know is a fan of literature, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville showcases the childhood home of Thomas Wolfe, prominent writer and son of Asheville. This preserved home is classified as a National Historic Landmark and still contains most of its original furnishings. With tours offered every hour, there is plenty of opportunities to learn more about the life of Thomas Wolfe. There is also a museum adjacent to the house that highlights Wolfe’s work and accomplishments.

Thomas Wolfe Memorial | (828) 253-8304


Grovewood Village

This 11-acre area adjacent to the Omni Grove Park Inn is a historical site known as formerly housing the weaving and woodworking operations of Biltmore Industries, an American craft and textile giant that was supported by Edith Vanderbilt. Nowadays the property is comprised of Grovewood Gallery, working artist studios, the Biltmore Industries Homespun Museum, and the Estes-Winn Antique Car Museum.

Grovewood Village | (828) 214-7768


Grove Arcade

If you are an architecture buff looking and for looking for somewhere to go in Asheville, the Grove Arcade might be just the place. The Grove Arcade opened on Page Avenue in 1929, making it one of Asheville’s oldest buildings still in use. Throughout its lifespan, the building has served as the home to various shops and offices, has served as a US Government Building during World War II, and has been the home to the National Weather Records Center. Today, the building has gone back to its roots, becoming home to a variety of shops and restaurants that make for a full day in one of Asheville’s historic gems.

Grove Arcade | (828) 252-7799


Haunted Asheville Ghost Tours

Looking for a spooky night in Asheville? Haunted Asheville Ghost Tours offers an experience comprised learning about the dark history of Asheville, stopping by locations such as the Basilica of St. Lawrence and Pritchard Park as well as a lesson on paranormal investigating. Whether you are a believer in the supernatural or not, Haunted Asheville Ghost Tours offers everyone an insight into the history of Asheville beyond what a history book will tell you.

Haunted Asheville | (828) 318-8579


Asheville Urban Trail

Get a full scope of Asheville’s history in a brisk timeframe with Urban Trail. In the span of two hours, you can explore Asheville’s past while following 30 trail stations. Every station along the trail recalls a historical moment or an achievement of someone connected to Asheville. A natural starting point is at Pack Place on Pack Square where Plaque #1 is located, but you are welcome to get started at any point on the trail. Be sure to check out the website for descriptions of stops along the way.

Explore Asheville | (828) 258-6129