For Educators

Vance Birthplace School Programs

Come explore life on a mountain farmstead in the early 1800s! At the Vance Birthplace, students will learn about the lives of the people, enslaved and free, who lived on the Vance family farm. How did families work the land? Where did they get their food, clothing, tools? What was it like to be enslaved in Western North Carolina? Students will discover the answers to all of these questions, and more, during a guided tour of the buildings and grounds. During our hands on History Mystery program, students become the historians, using critical thinking skills to discover the purpose of real 1800s artifacts.

Farm life wasn't all work! Add on a craft activity to your program so students can recreate the toys children played with in the early 1800s. Choose between corn husk dolls, button spinners, or cup-and-ball toys.

Planning Your Trip

Education programs are free! Fees may apply if adding on a craft activity.

All school groups must make reservations in advance.

At most, we can accommodate approximately 100 students at the site.

Students may eat lunch on site at our covered picnic shelter.

Make sure to budget at least 2-3 hours for your visit, although timing can vary based on group size and number of activities.

Call or email with any questions! Vance Birthplace State Historic Site 911 Reems Creek Rd, Weaverville 828-645-6706

Vance Birthplace Field Trips Meet These NC Essential Standards

Third Grade 

  • 3.H.1 Understand how events, individuals and ideas have influenced the history of local and regional communities.
    • 3.H.1.1 Explain key historical events that occurred in the local community and regions over time.
    • 3.H.1.2 Analyze the impact of contributions made by diverse historical figures in local communities and regions over time.
    • 3.H.1.3 Exemplify the ideas that were significant in the development of local communities and regions.
  • 3.H.2 Use historical thinking skills to understand the context of events, people and places.
    • 3.H.2.1 Explain change over time through historical narratives. (events, people and places)
    • 3.H.2.2 Explain how multiple perspectives are portrayed through historical narratives.

Fourth Grade

  • 4.H.1 Analyze the chronology of key historical events in North Carolina history.
    • 4.H.1.3 Explain how people, events and developments brought about changes to communities in various regions of North Carolina.
    • 4.H.1.4 Analyze North Carolina’s role in major conflicts and wars from the Pre-Colonial period through Reconstruction.
  • 4.H.2 Understand how notable structures, symbols and place names are significant to North Carolina.
    • 4.H.2.1 Explain why important buildings, statues, monuments and place names are associated with the state's history.
  • 4.G.1 Understand how human, environmental and technological factors affect the growth and development of North Carolina.
    • 4.G.1.1 Summarize changes that have occurred in North Carolina since statehood (population growth, transportation, communication and land use).
    • 4.G.1.3 Exemplify the interactions of various peoples, places and cultures in terms of adaptation and modification of the environment.
    • 4.G.1.4 Explain the impact of technology (communication, transportation and inventions) on North Carolina’s citizens, past and present.