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Vance Birthplace State Historic Site

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911 Reems Creek Road
Weaverville, NC 28787 United States
828-645-6706 www.nchistoricsites.org/vance

October 2018

Appalachian Folk Festival

October 20, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Vance Birthplace State Historic Site, 911 Reems Creek Road
Weaverville, NC 28787 United States
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FREE

This free event celebrates the traditions and cultures of the people who call the North Carolina mountains home. Programs and demonstrations will feature old-time music, local craftsmen, and artists. Observe cooking demonstrations in the historic Vance hearth or a local blacksmith as he uses his anvil to shape metal. You can spend the day in the Reems Creek Valley with delicious barbecue for purchase from Mountain View BBQ & Deli and free crafts for kids!

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December 2018

An Appalachian Christmas Carol

December 6, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Vance Birthplace State Historic Site, 911 Reems Creek Road
Weaverville, NC 28787 United States
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$2.00 – $18

This Christmas, Vance Birthplace will partner with the American Myth Center to present one of the greatest Christmas stories ever told, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, but with the Vance family and enslaved people smack dab in the middle. Through the theatrical magic of toy and shadow theater, the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future will explore the life of Venus, an enslaved woman that lives on the Vance property. Visitors will go on an extraordinary and illuminating journey…

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An Appalachian Christmas Carol

December 7, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Vance Birthplace State Historic Site, 911 Reems Creek Road
Weaverville, NC 28787 United States
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$2.00 – $18

This Christmas, Vance Birthplace will partner with the American Myth Center to present one of the greatest Christmas stories ever told, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, but with the Vance family and enslaved people smack dab in the middle. Through the theatrical magic of toy and shadow theater, the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future will explore the life of Venus, an enslaved woman that lives on the Vance property. Visitors will go on an extraordinary and illuminating journey…

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An Appalachian Christmas Carol

December 8, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Vance Birthplace State Historic Site, 911 Reems Creek Road
Weaverville, NC 28787 United States
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$2.00 – $18

This Christmas, Vance Birthplace will partner with the American Myth Center to present one of the greatest Christmas stories ever told, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, but with the Vance family and enslaved people smack dab in the middle. Through the theatrical magic of toy and shadow theater, the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future will explore the life of Venus, an enslaved woman that lives on the Vance property. Visitors will go on an extraordinary and illuminating journey…

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February 2019

Handwriting of the Heart

February 9, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Vance Birthplace State Historic Site, 911 Reems Creek Road
Weaverville, NC 28787 United States
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FREE

During the 2 years before their 1853 wedding, Zebulon Vance and Harriet Espy exchanged over 100 love letters.  Using Hattie and Zeb's words as inspiration, craft a valentine for your own beloved!  Try out a vintage salutation, make a stab at quill pen writing or calligraphy, and finish your letter with a wax seal.

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April 2019

Reconstruction’s Peak in WNC

April 13, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Vance Birthplace State Historic Site, 911 Reems Creek Road
Weaverville, NC 28787 United States
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Join us at the Vance Birthplace, where Dr. Steven Nash will give a lecture about the 1868 election riot in Asheville.   The November 3, 1868 election riot in Asheville was a critical turning point in Western North Carolina’s Reconstruction. It showed the strength of a biracial Republican coalition, the importance of federal power in the Appalachian South, and the growing desperation of white opponents to the changes wrought by the Civil War. The violence in Asheville’s city square marked the…

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Patch-A-Palooza

April 27, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Vance Birthplace State Historic Site, 911 Reems Creek Road
Weaverville, NC 28787 United States
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$5.00

Learn about life on a mountain plantation at this hands-on program! Patch-a-Palooza combines craft activities, demonstrations, and games into one history-filled afternoon. Registered children can visit each station to earn a Vance Birthplace patch, collecting historic skills and knowledge along the way! $5 per child. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Please register by Tuesday, April 23. Families of registered children may attend for free!

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October 2019

Appalachian Folk Festival at Vance Birthplace

October 19, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Vance Birthplace State Historic Site, 911 Reems Creek Road
Weaverville, NC 28787 United States
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FREE

This event will celebrate the traditions and cultures of the people who called the North Carolina mountains home in the early 1800s! Visitors can tour the site’s pioneer mansion and 1790s slave cabin. See and smell the open-hearth cooking in our 1795 fireplace, make your own candle, and discover how everyday life has changed over time. Watch as a blacksmith hammers out useful tools, learn how soap is made, or try your hand on the potter’s wheel. Visitors can make…

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December 2019

An Appalachian Christmas Carol at Vance Birthplace

December 12, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Vance Birthplace State Historic Site, 911 Reems Creek Road
Weaverville, NC 28787 United States
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$2 – $5

    This Christmas season at the Vance Birthplace we will once again partner with the American Myth Center to present one of the greatest Christmas stories ever told, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, but with Zebulon Vance smack dab in the middle. The ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future will lead Zebulon in an exploration of the life of Venus, an enslaved woman that live on the Vance property. Visitors will go on an extraordinary and illuminating journey through…

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March 2020

Open Hearth Cooking at Vance Birthplace

March 7, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Vance Birthplace State Historic Site, 911 Reems Creek Road
Weaverville, NC 28787 United States
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Food historian Clarissa Clifton Lynch will return to the Vance Birthplace on Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 10 am-2 pm.  Lynch will explore African American foodways as she prepares a meal in the original 1790s fireplace in the Vance house--the same fireplace where Leah, an enslaved woman, cooked food for the Vances.  Learn about the realities of cooking over an open hearth, as well as the cultural roots of popular southern cuisine.  Visitors may also take a guided tour of the site at 11:00 am…

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October 2021

An Evening of Storytelling at Vance Birthplace

October 23, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Vance Birthplace State Historic Site, 911 Reems Creek Road
Weaverville, NC 28787 United States
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FREE

Join us as we get you in the spooky spirit of Halloween with a few Appalachian ghost stories and others from afar. Dr. Delanna Reed, a member of the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild and a professor at East Tennessee State University, will bring these scary tales to life through spoken word. Visitors can bring a blanket or a chair and as the sun sets, take a seat around our campfire. These stories are suitable for ages 12 and up. This program…

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