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Review of Vance Birthplace

Vance Birthplace
Ranked #2 of 18 things to do in Weaverville
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Welcome to the Vance Birthplace State Historic Site! Learn about North Carolina mountain life and culture on this reconstructed farmstead set in the picturesque Reems Creek Valley. Step back in time to explore life for a wealthy farm family and the enslaved people who worked the land in the early nineteenth century. Tour a 1790s slave cabin, several 19th century outbuildings, and the reconstructed log home of the Vance family. Explore the exhibit in our visitor center to learn more about the life of Zebulon Vance and his political impact on the state. Check out our calendar of special events or drop by for a Mountain Farmstead Tour, offered Tuesday-Saturday at 11:00, 1:00, and 3:00. No time for a full tour? The site is completely self-guided. Just grab a map and explore! We also offer special group tours and field trips for schools and summer camps.
Reviewed July 19, 2017

Being a local, this is a great stop to see a piece of our historical past. You can take in the scenery, walk the grounds, check out the old homestead, and then enjoy a picnic. They have a small gift shop available. Also, when available they do have demonstrations taking place, many from Spring - Fall.

Thank shan91402
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Reviewed July 11, 2017

It had been a number of years since I took visitors to this location. it was not very well down and appeared to be under funded. I had some visitors that were somewhat of history buffs and we stopped on our way to the Parkway.
The State has taken over this location and revitalize the exhibits - The log cabins have been cleaned up but the real surprise was the visitors center. This facility has definitely been up graded. Exhibits are fresh and easy to navigate ,plus a movie! This is very informative . I would not stay a half day but a nice stop to or from the Parkway.

Thank JimKat2015
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Reviewed May 2, 2017

This attraction isn’t very far from Asheville. You can get to it by highway or by the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is free and there is the main log home as well as outer buildings to see. We arrived on a day where it was pretty quiet and empty. I almost thought they were closed. I don’t think the docent wanted to take the time to show us around, but he grudgingly said he would let us into the main house. As soon as we saw the main home, he was gone. Still, it’s an interesting home to see. We spent about 30 minutes.

Thank PhoenixRobin
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VanceBirthplace, Lead Interpreter at Vance Birthplace, responded to this reviewResponded May 4, 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit! I am sorry you had a bad experience. We offer tours of the house once an hour at the bottom of the hour, but may be able to give tours at other times depending on other projects and site needs. Guided tours of the outbuildings are available, but must be scheduled in advance. Otherwise, the outbuildings are opened for viewing on a self-guided tour.

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Reviewed April 8, 2017 via mobile

Well preserved home and farm from the 1800's. Vance was a well respected Governor and civil war hero. It's free, and well worth a 1-1/2 hour stop. It's off Reems Creek which is a pretty road

Thank Steven G
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Reviewed February 5, 2017 via mobile

My husband and I went for a couple hours. Very well worth the visit if you're anywhere in the Asheville area. Closed Sunday and Monday. Start your visit with a very informative and very well organized museum. One of the best for making sense of a long political and geographic history for teens through adults. I think a little over the heads of children. Then, a personally guided tour of the 2 story house, followed by other well preserved out-buildings. If you've visited places like Latta Historic Plantation, Battlefields, Pisgah Cradle of Forestry, etc, this house is really unique and special to see. Free admission and donations accepted.

Thank DG28269
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