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

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.

Volunteers and Interns

Are you interested in learning about and sharing the history of WNC in the early 1800s? Join us at the scenic Vance farmstead as a Volunteer or student Intern!

We are seeking friendly and energetic people who can assist for two or more hours at a time. You may volunteer a few times a year or multiple times per month. Volunteers will serve as front line representatives of the historic site and work side-by-side with staff to greet visitors, answer questions, provide information, and otherwise make visitors feel welcome. Interns will also complete a project related to visitor services, exhibits, collections, or another area of interpretation.

Do you have a special talent? Prefer to work behind the scenes? Looking to support our special events? Let us know! We will try to find opportunities that fit your skills and wishes.

Download our volunteer application or internship application today!

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

Weddings and Other Rentals

The peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains provide a beautiful backdrop to any event, but it's the 19th century log cabins that truly add character to your special day. Rental rates and policies can be found in our rental application packet.

Upcoming Events

  • October 28:
    Appalachian Folk Festival

    Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
    Vance Homestead at its most beautiful for a Folk Festival! This event will celebrate the traditions and cultures of the people who call the North Carolina mountains home. Programs and demonstrations will feature old-time music, local craftsmen, and artists. Cooking demonstrations in the historic Vance hearth, storytelling, and crafts for kids will be scheduled throughout the day. This event is free, and open to the public.


  • December 2:
    Christmas Candlelight Tours

    Saturday, 5 - 8:30 pm
    Celebrate the holiday season and experience an 1830s Christmas in the North Carolina backcountry. Vance Birthplace will host candlelight tours of the main house and grounds, decorated in native greenery. Visitors can warm themselves by the crackling fire and smell hot cider in the kitchen fireplace. Admission: Adults $5; Kids $2; "Friends of Vance Birthplace" members admitted free.


  • Stay tuned for upcoming events . . .
View NC Culture Calendar

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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