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

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 calendar below.

Upcoming Events

  • December 3:
    Christmas Candlelight Tours

    Saturday, 4 - 8:30 pm
    Celebrate the holiday season with a traditional 1830s Christmas in the Carolina backcountry. Meet Vance neighbors by the crackling fireplace and learn about their traditions and "new" fads in other areas. Tours of 20 people start every 15 minutes from 4:00 PM to 8:30 PM. Adult tickets are $5 and kids' tickets (6-16) are $2. Live old time music will be playing throughout the evening. Or, stop by the firepit to hear tall tales from the mountains. NEW THIS YEAR! We will be taking Advanced Reservations for tickets starting today. Call the site at 828-645-6706 (9a-5p, Tues-Sat) to reserve tickets for your group. Reservations must be picked up at least 20 minutes prior to the ticketed time or the reservation will be forfeited.
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Vance Birthplace Information

Contact Us

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

Hours of Operation

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

Closed Sundays, Mondays and most major holidays.


No admission fees. Donations are accepted and appreciated.

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