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Located on A-B Tech Campus
283 Victoria Rd, Asheville, 28801
Hours: Weds.-Sat.: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday: Noon - 4 p.m.






Discover Asheville’s first brick mansion, now restored as the Asheville History Center at the Smith-McDowell House




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

2015 Holiday House
Nov. 18, 2015 -
January 3, 2016

Twilight Tours Dec. 3 & 4
Reservations Required
Visit our calendar page
for more information and to purchase tickets.

Due to decorating, event, and upcoming winter holidays -
the Smith-McDowell House will be closed to the public on the following days:

- Thursday, November 26th
- Early closure @ 2 p.m. Dec. 3 & 4
- Dec. 24th - 27th
- Friday, Jan. 1


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