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.

One of the dominant personalities of the South for nearly half a century, Zeb Vance served in public office for 30 years. Though he was a lawyer whose keen humor, intellect, and eloquent manner of speaking made him successful, his real interest was always politics. Characterized by a quality that tied him to the common people of the mountain coves, Zeb Vance was first elected to public office at the age of 24. He served in the N.C. House of Commons (legislative assembly of the day) and the U.S. House of Representatives and was elected governor three times.

The Site Today

Thomas Wolfe Memorial

Upcoming Events

  • June 12:
    Juneteenth: A Commemorative
    Exhibition of the 13th Amendment

    Thursday, 11 am - 7 pm
    Join us as we proudly host a special traveling exhibit of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This unique, one-day opportunity at the Governor Vance Birthplace is free, and open to the public, so mark your calendar. More details are forthcoming.


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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