Smith - Mc Dowell House Museum

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About Smith - Mc Dowell House Museum, Asheville

The Smith - Mc Dowell House is city’s oldest surviving house and is also the first. It was bought by Sarah Smith McDowell after the death of her parents and you can notice the distinctive difference in architectural styles. James Smith McDowell was the Mayor during the civil War and a friend of Vanderbilts, for whom the mansion was built. The house has a very Federal character to it with thick walls, large fanlights, corbelled cornices that feature dentils. It also has a lot of Greek and neo classical touch. Today it stands in the campus grounds of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College and it documents the change in the lifestyles of the people from late 19th and 20th century.

Smith - Mc Dowell House Museum Information

  • For groups of 10 or more prior appointment is necessary.
  • Disabled Friendly.

Smith - Mc Dowell House Museum Tickets Prices

  • Children aged 8 to 18: $5
  • Children 7 and under: FREE
  • College student With ID Card: $5

How To Get To Smith - Mc Dowell House Museum by Public Transport

  • Buses S4 to ART station

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Address: 283 Victoria Road, Asheville, NC 28801

Phone: +1-8282539231

Ticket Price: 9 USD

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Time Required: 01:00 Hrs

Timings: 12:00 pm - 04:00 pm Details

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  • Staff was knowledgeable, but not a lot to see. Still a nice historical stop.

  • A beautifully restored 1840's house showing how the super rich lived during the last half of the 1800's. Beautiful antique furniture, china, and other house furnishings, Great historical descriptions of life prior, during, and after the civil war in a part of the south which did not actually have any battles. No demonstrators, or even the facility to have them, at this time.

  • My husband wanted to tour the house on his birthday and after entering we watched a quick video. Then Sharon took us on a facinating tour. She is so very knowledgeable and passionate about the house it was contagious!!!

  • Been here once

  • One of the most beautiful, charming and interesting houses I have ever seen. A wonderful place to take the family. They have a blacksmith to show you how they made things back in the day, people sitting out on the front porch spinning yarn and making brooms from hay, by hand of course. And sometimes they have people dressed really fancy like they use to, just strutting around the house. I love it. I plan on volunteering there soon so I can walk about the house like I really did live in that time (and hopefully using that hoop skirt I bought that my mom said I'd never wear).

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