an illuminated lantern with a silhouette of a woman sits in front of a fire in a brick hearth

An Appalachian Christmas Carol at the Vance Birthplace

We are excited to partner with the American Myth Center for a seventh year of this magical program! The show utilizes toy and shadow theatre to share the life of Venus, a woman enslaved by the Vances, during live theatrical tours at the Vance Birthplace. The ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future will illuminate her story as visitors walk the site. These 25-minute tours encourage participants to think about the power of empathy.
Theatrical tours of the site will leave from the visitor center every half hour starting at 6:00 pm, with the final tour at 8:30.
Reservations are strongly encouraged. Due to the nature of the program, after the play starts, late visitors will not be permitted to join the tour. We recommend arriving to the Visitor Center at least ten minutes in advance to park, get checked-in, and explore our exhibit on the historical art form of crankies. Tickets are a tax-deductible donation through the Mountain History and Culture Group and are non-refundable.
**The second weekend in December is often rainy and/or snowy in Weaverville. In case of inclement weather during either evening of the program, we will host a rain date performance on Sunday, December 10.**