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Located on A-B Tech Campus
283 Victoria Rd, Asheville, 28801
(828) 253-9231
Hours: Weds.-Sat.: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.






Discover the Smith-McDowell House (circa 1840):
 Asheville’s first brick mansion and home of the Western North Carolina Historical Association.




Built by one of antebellum North Carolina's most influential citizens, the Smith-McDowell House was once the home of mayors, a Civil War major and friends of the Vanderbilts. Rescued from destruction, Asheville's oldest surviving dwelling is now a National Register property and a window into how life was lived here in the 19th century. [learn more] 

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Smith McDowell house Exhibits History of the Smith McDowel House Museum Educational Programs

What’s New

Victorian Christmas
November 16, 2016 to January 8, 2017
at the Smith-McDowell House

Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award Presentation
February 4, 2017
Asheville Renaissance Hotel

Please see our Calendar Page for details on each event.

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