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Address: 283 Victoria Rd, Asheville, NC 28801-4817
Phone Number: +1 828-253-9231
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10:00 - 16:00
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Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Wed - Sat 10:00 - 16:00

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We watched a short video then were able to explore the house. The guides were always nearby to answer questions. This tour would also be nice for elementary aged children as you... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 June 2016
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Denver, Colorado
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11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is not advertised enough.The guide was very nice and answered questions. The signs to get there are very sparse.You go through a college campus to get there. It is the oldest mansion in Asheville and worth seeing, but it depends on how many similar homes you have toured as to your rating.

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Thank outdoorfun2016
SmithMcDowell, Manager at Smith-McDowell House Museum, responded to this review

The staff and volunteers at the Smith-McDowell House would like to thank this member for their review. We do recognize that our location presents unique challenges for us to get our name out to potential visitors. We have begun to implement new strategies to expose the greater community to what we have to offer. Thank you for your visit. Come... More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Excellent docent..a walk through North Carolina history...the rooms are furnished to reflect the period of time and the use of the room..I asked so many questions and received insightful information about Asheville and its evolving history including the Civil War period.

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Thank diane f
SmithMcDowell, Manager at Smith-McDowell House Museum, responded to this review

The staff and volunteers at the Smith-McDowell House would like to thank this member for their lovely review. We are glad that we were successful in presenting the history of this house and the Asheville area. We would like to invite everyone to visit us during the holiday season to view our beautiful Christmas decorations. Thanks again, and come back... More 

Naples, Florida, United States
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9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

The first brick house built in Asheville/Buncombe County, so it is also the oldest house. We were immediately engaged by the knowledgeable docents and fascinated by the breadth of the history in this one house! Since we had our baby granddaughter with us, we were delighted to find that nearly every room had something for children--she loved playing with the... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

We watched a short video then were able to explore the house. The guides were always nearby to answer questions. This tour would also be nice for elementary aged children as you can actually touch and handle some of the items on display.

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Thank amymreich
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3,146 reviews
1,739 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3,812 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2016 via mobile

This was a fantastic house museum experience! This is a house full of local historical significance, and though it is self-guided, the people working in the house were exceptionally knowledgeable and happy to answer questions. They've done a wonderful hob of interpreting the house through a series of owners' eyes and renovations done over the years.

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

Lovely and relevent to this part of the country. A peek into life many years ago. Beautiful grounds.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2016

For people that likes USA's history. Small with a good guide. Very interesting and surprising. For familys and others. I like history of USA and I loved.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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78 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2015

Admission is $9 a person. The volunteer was very knowledgable about the history of the home. Rooms are decorated nicely & there are information cards located outside each room that point out what's in the room. They have a few Civil War relics and some other interesting antiques. If you have 1-2 hours to spare, it's worth a stop.

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Thank dopey1200
Cincinnati, Ohio
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303 reviews
166 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2015

I'm a history freak, so this place was an excellent place to visit. It has good Civil War history - aside from general history (oldest brick building)

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Anacoco
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49 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2015 via mobile

It is a nice house but it is sad that it has had so many owners through the years that very little of the orginal charm remains. All of the rooms were stripped while the house was being used as a school so all of the furniture has been replaced with things aquire from the area.

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