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

Tours and Special Events

Free guided tours of the main house are offered Tuesday through Saturday at the bottom of the hour. The first tour is at 9:30 AM and the last tour is at 4:30 PM.

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.

Reenactor and child

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

  • December 8 - 9:
    An Appalachian Christmas Carol

    Friday and Saturday, 5 - 9 pm
    This Christmas season at the Vance Birthplace, we will present one of the greatest Christmas stories ever told, but with our own Zebulon Vance right smack dab in the middle. On Friday, December 8th and Saturday, December 9th through the theatrical magic of toy and shadow theatre, we will transport the audience directly into the Christmas Carol. Visitors will go on an extraordinary and illuminating journey through the entire site from the Birthplace to the 1790s slave cabin.

    The American Myth Center is a new non-profit organization in Asheville, whose mission is to create new American Myths to serve as familiar points of reference in the urgent yet enduring investigation of our home. For more information visit,

    This is a ticketed event. Tours will run every 30 minutes starting at 5:00 pm with the last tour at 9:00 pm. Adults are $5.00, 18 and under $2.00, 5 and under free. Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made for $2 per ticket. Call the site at 828-645-6706 (9a-5p, Tues-Sat) to reserve tickets for your group. Please note, that reservations must be picked up *at least 20 minutes prior to the ticketed time or the reservation will be forfeited. Visitors can get in the Christmas spirit with holiday entertainment in our visitor center, or purchase apple cider and make a free take-away craft.

    For more information, contact the Vance Birthplace State Historic Site at or 828.645.6706.

  • 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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