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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  • So I'm exploring and hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, NC for a couple of days. And I keep seeing these signs directing me to 'Vance Birthplace" while I'm already in the middle of now...  more »
  • When we arrived we were told there were four school groups taking tours and all of the tour guides were busy with them. They also would not let us hook up with a school group to get inside the house a...  more »
  • My husband and I have been to Vance Birthplace several times it is one of our favorite places. We used to go all the time with our kids is a wonderful place to have a picnic with a family or a romanti...  more »
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  • Nice state run historic place. Taste of local history. The cabins are in very good shape and a pleasure to explore. The places does have special events during the year. Have been there for special Christmas events and really liked it.
  • Had a good time. The guide was very knowledgeable and pleasant. Would recommend it to anyone.
  • Wonderful location for our Scout pack and the staff was very professional and knowledgeable
  • Great historical site for the old south. N ice facilities and staff. Ms. Berry is great!
  • Amazing place to visit! Over and over again! 30 years after my first visit and it's still fun!

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