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.

One of the dominant personalities of the South for nearly half a century, Zeb Vance served in public office for 30 years. Though he was a lawyer whose keen humor, intellect, and eloquent manner of speaking made him successful, his real interest was always politics. Characterized by a quality that tied him to the common people of the mountain coves, Zeb Vance was first elected to public office at the age of 24. He served in the N.C. House of Commons (legislative assembly of the day) and the U.S. House of Representatives and was elected governor three times.

The Site Today

Thomas Wolfe Memorial

Upcoming Events

  • October 11-12:
    Militia Muster and Encampment

    Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm
    Sunday, 1 pm – 4 pm
    Step back in time to the early years of our country's history, when citizens banded together to form local militias to protect their lives and property. Periodically, officers would call a muster, a gathering of the members for training. During this Living History Weekend, experience life in the muster camp, see drill routines, and talk to reenactors about life in the militia. Admission is free, and open to the public.

  • December 6:
    Christmas Candlelight Tour

    Saturday, 4 – 7 pm
    Experience a traditional 1830s Christmas from the North Carolina backcountry! Play the part of travelers seeking lodging for the night at the Vance home. Meet Vance neighbors as they lead you through the decorated house and explain the traditions and customs that may have been observed in the Reems Creek Valley. Admission: $3 for adults, $1 for children (6-16 years old), and free for "Friends of the Vance Birthplace" members.

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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