Civil War governor, Zebulon Baird Vance, was born in Reems Creek Valley outside Asheville in 1830. The Vance Birthplace was built around 1795, and has been a state historic site for twenty years. The outer walls of the main log house have been reconstructed, but most of the interior of the house is original. There are also six log outbuildings on the site. The house has workshops for students and teachers, including how to dip candles, cook over an open fire, and hand weave.