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
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.
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.
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.
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.
911 Reems Creek Rd.
Weaverville, N.C. 28787
Phone: (828) 645-6706
Tuesday - Saturday--9 a.m - 5 p.m.
Closed Sundays, Mondays and most major holidays.
No admission fees. Donations are accepted and appreciated.