Vance Birthplace, Weaverville

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.

Vance Birthplace is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. There is no admission fee. Donations are accepted.

Tours, Programs, & Events

Free guided tours are offered throughout the day. Reservations are requested for schools and other group tours. Curriculum-based tours and programs are offered on site and at nearby schools.

Annual events include Spring and Fall Pioneer Living History Days held in April and September and a Christmas open house. Demonstrations and hands-on activities are available to scheduled school groups.
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  • The Museum is well worth the stop especially if you like history and The Civil War. The museum focuses on both Vance brothers Zebulon and Robert. You get a lot of information about the brothers and th...  more »
  • Amazing how this property has withstood time. The water well / wash building is beautiful. Washing clothes could almost be enjoyable. Thinking about how tough life was back then really made me appreciate my washing machine.
  • There's more to it than just the few pictures I've posted. It's interesting. It's history. Self guided tour. Some signs to give info inside a few of the doors.

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