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 Travel Tips
- For groups of 10 or more prior appointment is necessary.
- Disabled Friendly.
Entrance Ticket Details For Smith - Mc Dowell House Museum
- Children aged 8 to 18: $5
- Children 7 and under: FREE
- College student With ID Card: $5
How to Reach Smith - Mc Dowell House Museum
- Buses S4 to ART station
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68.56% of people who visit Asheville include Smith - Mc Dowell House Museum in their plan
12 PM - 1 PM
50% of people start their Smith - Mc Dowell House Museum visit around 12 PM - 1 PM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Smith - Mc Dowell House Museum
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Smith - Mc Dowell House Museum Reviews & Ratings
Definitely worth the price of admission! Staff was knowledgeable and friendly. I went during the Afternoon Tea exhibit month so I enjoyed a free cup of tea as well! Interesting and beautiful historic stop worth checking out!
Nice place for a local history lesson. Lots of artifacts to look at. They did a nice job with the rooms and displays. The docent did a good job telling us the history of the house.
Very friendly staff. Interesting history. Tea at the end was wonderful. Be sure to take advantage of it.
February 24, 2018- I and mom was first time there. Welcome to Smith-McDowell house museum. I love see around house about old history ago 1800's. So beautiful of Victorian house. That's two peoples and lady tour walk around house and not bad pay $9.00 adults. 💞
They have done a wonderful job at keeping the history of it alive for all to enjoy.