Vance Birthplace

Pioneer Life – Government – Civil War

This pioneer farmstead, tucked in the Reems Creek Valley, features the birthplace of Zebulon Baird Vance. The five-room log house--reconstructed around original chimneys--and its outbuildings are furnished to evoke the period from 1795- 1840. Vance's political career as Civil War officer, North Carolina governor, and U.S. senator is traced at the homestead. Also included is the history of Vance's famous mountain family. Learn More

The Site Today

The Vance Family

Education Resources

Contact the Site to learn more about planning a field trip or requesting an in-classroom program with one of our site historians.

Join Our Friends!

The Friends of the Vance Birthplace help bring to life the history of North Carolina's Civil War Governor, Zebulon Vance, and his influential family through continued support of the Site's programs and special events.

To learn more about becoming a Friends Member, download their membership flyer.

Reenactor and child

Tours and Special Events

Free guided tours of the main house are offered Tuesday through Saturday at the bottom of the hour. The first tour is at 9:30 AM and the last tour is at 4:30 PM.

Vance Birthplace hosts three Living History programs each year: a summer Civil War Soldiers' Encampment, a fall Militia Muster and Encampment, and an 1830s Christmas Candlelight Tour. At various times, Vance Birthplace hosts writers, artists, musicians, researchers, and other speakers. Look for upcoming events on our Events Calendar.

Upcoming Events

  • November 11:
    Site Closed

    We will be closed in observance of Veteran's Day (state holiday) on Tuesday, November 11th, reopening Wednesday, November 12th on our regular schedule. "Thank You" to all veterans for your service.


  • December 6:
    Christmas Candlelight Tour

    Saturday, 4 – 7 pm
    Experience a traditional 1830s Christmas from the North Carolina backcountry! Play the part of travelers seeking lodging for the night at the Vance home. Meet Vance neighbors as they lead you through the decorated house and explain the traditions and customs that may have been observed in the Reems Creek Valley. Admission: $3 for adults, $1 for children (6-16 years old), and free for "Friends of the Vance Birthplace" members.


Vance Birthplace Information

Contact Us

Vance Birthplace
911 Reems Creek Rd.
Weaverville, N.C. 28787
Phone: (828) 645-6706
Email: vance@ncdcr.gov

Hours of Operation

Tuesday - Saturday--9 a.m - 5 p.m.

Closed Sundays, Mondays and most major holidays.

Admission

No admission fees. Donations are accepted and appreciated.


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