Vance Birthplace

Pioneer Life – Government – Civil War

This pioneer farmstead, tucked in the beautiful Reems Creek Valley, features a two-story log cabin "mansion," an original 1790s slave cabin, and five outbuildings. Furnished as it would have been in the 1830s, the site explores life in early Buncombe County as seen through the lives of the Vance family and enslaved people.

The Visitor Center contains a kid-friendly exhibit detailing the life of Gov. Zebulon Vance from his birth on the farm to his political service as Civil War Governor and post-Reconstruction Senator. 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

  • August 26:
    History Hounds

    Saturday, 11 am - 2 pm
    Join us on National Dog Day! The Vance Birthplace is partnering with Brother Wolf to find homes for dogs. The mountains of North Carolina provide a great place to experience the outdoors with the many parks and hiking trails. What better way to experience nature than with your new best friend! This event is free, and open to the public.

  • September 15:
    The Complicated Legacy of Zeb Vance

    Friday, 9 am - 5 pm
    Location: Sherrill Center, UNC-Asheville
    227 Campus Drive, Asheville, NC

    The Vance Birthplace and the University of North Carolina at Asheville will offer an opportunity to meet and discuss the many contexts of North Carolina's Civil War governor, Zebulon Vance. This symposium will examine the Southern Appalachian community that would shape our governor, and the governor who would shape our state. With topics from the Civil War to race relations, our goal is to engage the community in a discussion, and shed light on our state's history and issues of past and current significance.

  • Stay tuned for upcoming events . . .
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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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