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Vance Monument

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Address: Pack Square, (at Broadway, Market and College Streets), Asheville, NC 28801
Phone Number: +1 828 232 4500

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The Vance Monument is fine; it is located in a great area of Asheville and looks fine. Until reading the reviews I was unaware of the controversy arising from Vance having owned... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Mark P
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Vance Monument is fine; it is located in a great area of Asheville and looks fine. Until reading the reviews I was unaware of the controversy arising from Vance having owned slaves. Perhaps the best response would be for diverse groups to use the Monument as a meeting place, likely causing the old bigot to spin in his grave.

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Thank Mark P
High Point
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

They Vance monument basically is downtown Asheville amongst restaurants ,clubs ,shops ,and other items of interest. This monument does have some background that may be disturbing to some individuals but it is part of history.

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Thank Julian P
San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

we took an uber to downtown. lots of restaurants and a fun vibe. this was on our stroll. The weather was PERFECT for an evening stroll and this monument was our last stop. Don't make a trip just for this but if your trip includes downtown or the arts district check it out. Why do people rate parts of our... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016 via mobile

This monument is easy to spot because it is very similar to the Washington monument in DC. It's right downtown next to some government buildings and restaurants.

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Hope, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

This is a great central location to meet with friends (you can't miss it) but I struggle with the fact that Vance was a slave owner. There has been outspoken controversy about tearing it down. It's not attractive even attractive. There are so many others more worthy of a monument in Asheville.

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Thank Sonia T
Black Mountain, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2016

The monument might be a good landmark, as in "meet me there in an hour," because it's pretty central to downtown. The adjacent public art is more beautiful and interesting than the Vance Monument. However, as an historical place marker, it might have value, especially in these days. Vance was a slave owner, and occasionally an "artist" protests t with... More 

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asheville, nc
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

The Vance monument immortalizes a man who was both a civil war governor of the state and a slave owner. There is a great deal of controversy around having this as the center of a liberal community. It is also where most political protests take place. A very controversial spot!

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Thank contradancer
Largo, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2016

Nothing special to see here. It's in the middle of the square, with a nice number of restaurants around it, but the monument is nothing special. Reading the plaque you learn a little more of its history, but certainly not worth a special trip.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2016

Located right in the middle of downtown you can always watch all the people walking around. They have a few craft fairs set up here from time to time and the area is abundant in restaurants and shops.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Walking along Biltmore Ave, the randomly placed obelisk quickly draws one's attention. It just looks so out of place and, frankly, is kind of ugly. I normally would have ignored it and kept walking except that there was a group of protesters there so I decided to go have a look. It was a surprisingly large. The area behind the... More 

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