Vance Birthplace

Vance Birthplace

The homestead, a large two-story structure of hewn yellow pine logs, has been reconstructed around the original chimney with its two enormous fireplaces. Vance's political career as Civil War officer, North Carolina governor, and U.S. senator is traced at the homestead. The five-room log house and its outbuildings are furnished to evoke the period from 1795 to 1840. Also included is the history of Vance's famous mountain family. The furnishings and household items on display are representative of the period from 1790 to 1840 and include a few pieces original to the home. Clustered about the grounds are six log outbuildings: the corn crib, springhouse, smokehouse, loom house, slave house, and toolhouse. Nearby, the visitor center houses exhibits portraying the life of Vance. Special events throughout the year highlight seasonal activities of the Vance family's life. The old place comes alive with history as costumed interpreters demonstrate the skills and cherished occupations settlers practiced in the western mountain region during the time when Zebulon Vance was living.