As an NC State Historic Site, we are dedicated to interpreting the life and times of author Thomas Wolfe, and the historic boardinghouse in which he grew up.

“…and he reeled down across the continent into the Reconstruction South — a strange wild form of six feet four with cold uneasy eyes, a great blade of nose, and a rolling tide of rhetoric…” Thomas Wolfe

It is no wonder Thomas Wolfe could imagine the surprise that North Carolinians…

“…their talk slid from its rude jocularity to death and burial: they drawled monotonously, with evil hunger, their gossip of destiny, and of men but newly lain in the earth.” — Look Homeward, Angel

Fear of premature burial was once a common phobia called Taphophobia. Thomas Wolfe reveals Eugene Gant’s…

Julia Wolfe recalled her husband as “a highly nervous man . . . he knew then that he could try to quiet himself down by taking a drink.” She said, “he was a spree drinker, and he would quit until he would take a spell again…he would go through a…

“…there’s not a speck of ice in the refrigerator — and ice cream and iced tea to make for supper — You’ll have to trot right down to the ice-house and get me a good ten-cent chunk.”

The Web and the Rock

The ice box located in the Old Kentucky Home Boardinghouse

Much of the furniture in Julia Wolfe’s Old…

Peter LeRoy Dock from the NC State College Yearbook 1918

On August 28, 1925, Peter LeRoy Dock of 204 Franklin St. in New York City checked in to the Old Kentucky Home and signed Julia Wolfe’s guest register. He was no stranger to the Wolfe family and had likely promised Wolfe he would stop and check on his mother. He…

In the guest register at Julia Wolfe’s Old Kentucky Home, written under the date June 26, 1943, is Ensign Richard Kennedy, Los Angeles, California. Richard Sylvester Kennedy was born in October 1920 in Minnesota, the son of a chemist in the food industry who founded Kennedy Mayonnaise Products in St…

Thomas Wolfe Memorial

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