The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook
 

Susanna Pantas, Artist

 Thomas Wolfe Angel
Statue

Pen & Ink Drawings of Biltmore Estate, by Lee James Pantas

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Thomas Wolfe Angel, pen and ink drawing by Lee James Pantas
To purchase a print of this drawing by author/artist Lee Pantas, visit Cherry Orchard Studio

The marble angel statue immortalized by Thomas Wolfe in his novel Look Homeward Angel now stands at Oakdale Cemetery in Hendersonville. The statue was imported from Carrara, Italy by Wolfe’s father, and was bought by members of the Johnson family after the death of Mrs. Johnson in 1905. The gravesite belongs to Reverend and Mrs. H.F. Johnson and their son. In 1975, when the statue was accidentally knocked from its stand, the Henderson County Commissioners had the graves enclosed with a six-foot tall iron picket fence set on a stone wall. This still allows visitors to view the statue and reduces the possibility of damage to the monument.

Website: Thomas Wolfe Angel
Location:
Hendersonville NC
Distance: 40 minutes from Asheville
Address: Oakdale Cemetery, Highway 64 West, Hendersonville NC 28972
Directions: From downtown Hendersonville, take Highway 64 west. Look for Oakdale Cemetery on your left. The Angel Statue is visible from the road, and the location is indicated by a State Highway Marker.

 

 

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