Vance Monument

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Levannah
Hendersonville, NC878 contributions
Aug 2017 • Solo
Places like the Vance Moment are challenging to "review" particularly in light of today's events and the history of slavery in the United States. As an obelisk, the monument structure is noteworthy, interesting and modeled after Eqyptian obelisks and the most famous U. S. obelisk, the Washington monument. The Vance obelisk is constructed of rough cut stones unlike the smooth separate blocks of the Washington monument. Zebulon Vance's family certainly owned slaves and he was a product of the times. Vance is also known for and often praised for his famous speech, "The Scattered Nation," where he calls on U.S. society to demonstrate compassion and tolerance for Jews. Today, the Vance monument serves as a common meeting place for groups and protesters in downtown Asheville. We are a young nation and still evolving. If this monument can prompt discussion and learning about both our history and our future, it has value beyond a mere meeting place and city center.
Written August 23, 2017
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Citallwic
Columbia, SC9,123 contributions
Dec 2016 • Couples
The Vance Monument is fairly large and occupies a prime, you-can’t-miss-it site on Pack Square in the heart of Asheville. That makes it an important landmark. However, it’s an obelisk, and that makes it considerably less interesting as a tourist attraction. The obelisk is a radically simple design, being about as conceptually tidy as a monument can get. While it’s not true that “if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all” (the Washington Monument being proof positive), it’s a good bet that you’re not going to find the next one a heck of a lot more interesting to look at than the 5,000 you’ve already seen. This is a drive-by attraction, made all the more interesting by the addition of animal statuary near its base. I like the piglet.
Written January 2, 2017
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Tracy forde
Golden, CO204 contributions
Apr 2015 • Solo
this obelisk is In honor of Zebulon vance who was the lawyer to Tom dula who weirdly inspired the song Tom Dooley. He was also the author of the scattered nation which has something to do with religious tolerance.I visited this looking at I kind of was like why?? I looked up the obelisk and found out it honors this gentleman and his accomplishments.
Written April 9, 2015
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Sherry
2 contributions
Sep 2020
I visited Asheville in May of 2020 during the panademic so things were pretty quiet around town. I found Asheville to be a very interesting city with so much history and historic buildings. I found many comments about the Vance Mounument in Pack Square and the animal sculptures to be negative and not to really bother making the stop or going out of you way. I wish people would research history and things they see, then these things may have more meaning. It sadden me to hear that Vance mounument was torn down and removed this year in May 2021.......I know it has been controversial for a number of years and after the year we had in 2020 it became even more of a hot topic to remove many of our monuments. If one researched more about Zebulon Vance you would find more insight to who he was and the times he lived in and what was going on in our country. Our country was still early in the birth of this nation and although many things that occured at the time are not pretty and awful, its still our history and sometimes our monuments are not always about honoring a particular person but a reminder for us all to be a better people and learn from our past. Unfortunately even in 2021 as a nation and as a people we have done some pretty awful things to people of all skin colors and backgrounds. Seems we all need to ask the question have we really come that far or evolved from the early years of our nation as a people and a society? As far as the animal sculptures, this sculpture represents a bed of a road (The Buncombe Turnpike) that was once traveled by Native Americans and later, by drovers who herded livestock across the mountains from Tennessee to southern markets, taking turkeys, pigs and cows as far as Charleston. The embedded rails (former Asheville Trolley tracks) represent the coming of the railroad (1880) and the electrict trolley (1889).
Written August 9, 2021
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Larry C
Chesapeake, United States5 contributions
Sep 2016 • Family
Vance May Be the Southern Lesson from the Confederacy monuments. He was twice elected governor on an anti-succession platform. Jefferson Davis hated Vance, and the feeling was mutual. He was saddened by the loss of NC citizens in the civil war, and never prosecuted deserters during the war, and NC had the most confederate army deserters of any in the confederacy. He would work to get blacks the right to vote after the war, and his leadership was finally overturned by white supremists in the 1890s who did much to change his policies, revert to white supremacy, and build confederate monuments (which he never did).
Written August 16, 2017
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bucky2369
Asheville, NC118 contributions
Dec 2014 • Family
My great great grandfather james g colvin built this obelisk many years ago. If you take the hop on hop off bus they will bring up some architect as the person who built it but that is not the case. These obelisks are all over scotland and that is where my family came from. If you are on vacation in asheville it's in the middle of downtown and easy to see.
Written November 11, 2015
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TravelingAngelaDawn
235 contributions
Apr 2013
The Vance monument located in downtown Asheville is impressive with its towering height. Zeb Vance's leadership helped the people of NC survive after the Civil War ended. His role as govenor and then in the senate helped NC continue to thrive and flourish. A little trivia, Zeb Vance was a 33rd degree Freemason and there are 33 rows in this monument. Nice landmark to add to the list of things to see while walking around downtown Asheville!
Written April 11, 2013
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phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA12,262 contributions
Aug 2020
It dominates the square, but you can’t read the plagues, or appreciate it, because it is wrapped in black to protect it from the vandalism which has troubled this city recently.
Written September 2, 2020
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pfefmeister
San Francisco, CA2,459 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
You can’t miss it when walking through downtown Asheville. Interesting enough to stop and read the plaque and appreciate the soul who is honored. As others say, don’t go out of your way to find it.
Written August 20, 2019
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DawgExplorer
Dalton, GA2,548 contributions
Dec 2018 • Family
This monument is in the center of town which is there for a Confederate. It is a part of history and has been there since the late 1800's. It resembles a mini Washington monument.
Written December 29, 2018
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