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The Thomas Wolfe Memorial Advisory Board recently placed 12 new rocking chairs on the front porch of the Old Kentucky Home, Wolfe's home place. The generosity of Troutman Rockers of Troutman, NC, Tyson Furniture Co. of Black Mountain and 12 North Carolina novelists made the purchase possible. Visitors to Wolfe's childhood home will find name plates on the backs of the rocking chairs in honor of the novelists who donated funds. The novelists who expressed their admiration of Thomas Wolfe are Joseph Bathanti, Clyde Edgerton, John Ehle, Charles Frazier, Gail Goodwin, Elizabeth Kostova, Heather Ross Mitchell, Robert Morgan, Ron Rash and Lee Smith. Anonymous donations were made to honor Wilma Dykeman and Fred Chappell.
“We invite you to come sit a spell in the new rocking chairs,” said novelist David Madden, a new member of the board, “and recall great moments in the novels of Wolfe and these major North Carolina novelists.”
The Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site, located at 52 N. Market Street, Asheville, North Carolina, is open Tuesday through Saturday 9am to 5pm. Become a Friend of Thomas Wolfe at wolfememorial.com. For information call 828-253-8304.