Experience life in an 18th century muster camp on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Guests are invited to Vance Birthplace State Historic Site to see the militiamen practice musket drills and learn about life in the county militia. There will be candle making, weaving, campfire cooking, and other camp activities. The site is free to visitors.

Vance Birthplace is a pioneer farmstead, tucked in the Reems Creek Valley near Weaverville, about 12 miles north of downtown Asheville. It features the birthplace of Zebulon Baird Vance, the 37th and 43rd Governor of North Carolina, and U.S. Senator in the mid 1800s.

The five-room log house, reconstructed around original chimneys, and its outbuildings are furnished to evoke the period from 1795-1840. Vance's political career as Civil War officer, North Carolina governor, and U.S. senator is traced at the homestead. Also included is the history of Vance's famous mountain family.

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. A photographer's delight!

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.

It's located five miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway (exit at Milepost 376.6). For more information, visit www.civilwarexperience.ncdcr.gov/.

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