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

Tour Information

Don't have a lot of time, or enjoy exploring on your own? The Vance Birthplace is open for self-guided tours. Pick-up one of our self-guided maps in the Visitor Center and peek inside the buildings. Many of our historic spaces feature exhibit panels, and on the grounds you will find three interpretive waysides to enhance your understanding of the Vance family farmstead.

For a more in-depth experience take our Mountain Farmstead Tour! This guided tour takes visitors behind-the-scenes, starting with a step inside an original 1790s slave cabin. Guides uncover life in early Buncombe County as you walk the grounds and learn about the outbuildings necessary to maintain an approximately 900-acre farm. The tour concludes in the reconstructed 1790s pioneer cabin where visitors examine the mountain life that would shape one of North Carolina's governors, the impact of the Buncombe Turnpike, and the transition of the area from a society with enslaved people into a slave society. This tour is free, a $5 donation per family is encouraged. Tours are offered at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm, and last approximately one hour.

Tour schedule is subject to change. Due to the size of the buildings, space is limited. Please call in advance for large groups.

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.

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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

  • July 19:
    Painting Class:
    Sunset At Your Historic Site

    Thursday, 6 - 8:00 pm
    Experience the beauty of the Vance Birthplace while making your very own piece of art! The site welcomes The Paint Bug as they lead visitors in painting a work inspired by a summer sunset at the Vance Birthplace. We welcome visitors off the Blue Ridge Parkway daily at the Vance Birthplace; this is a great way to take a piece of it home with you!
    A portion of your ticket cost will support special events and programs at the historic home. This event is rain or shine.

  • August 16:
    Applaachian Folk Tales

    Thursday, 7 to 8 pm
    The Vance Birthplace State Historic Site and the Dry Ridge Museum have partnered to bring you an evening of storytelling with Dr. Delanna Reed. Dr. Reed, a member of the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild, is a professor with the Department of Communication and Performance at East Tennessee State University.
    Join us as we bring folk tales of southern Appalachia to life through spoken word, weaving in stories of the Vance family. David Vance Sr. and his wife Priscilla Brank settled in the Reems Creek Valley in the 1790s. Their farm eventually totaled almost 900 acres including 18 enslaved people. These stories celebrate the traditions and cultures of the people who called the North Carolina mountains home in the early 1800s.
    This program is FREE and will be held from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday, August 16th at Wild Mountain Bees, 23 Merrimon Avenue, Weaverville, NC 28787. Come a little early and enjoy light refreshments while you shop. Pick-up some local honey to enjoy later!

  • Stay tuned for upcoming events . . .

View NC DNCR Upcoming Events Calendar

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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