On Saturday, December 6th, step back in time and experience a traditional 1830s Christmas in the North Carolina backcountry. Vance Birthplace will host candlelit tours of the main house, led by costumed guides. Warm yourself by the crackling fire and smell hot cider in the kitchen fireplace as you meet Vance neighbors and they explain the traditions and customs of the 1830s.
Guided tours will begin every 15 minutes with the first tour beginning at 4:00 PM and the last tour beginning at 8:30 PM. Each tour group will be limited to 20 visitors. Tour admission is $3 for adults, $1 for children (6-16 years old), and free for Friends of the Vance Birthplace. Tickets will go on sale at 3:30 PM that day and will be sold on a first come / first served basis.
Other entertainment will be available throughout the evening. Stop by the Visitor Center to listen to Primrose as they perform Christmas music on acoustic instruments. Join a costumed storyteller around a campfire by the Spring House to hear tales of life in the southern Appalachians in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Help support the Friends of the Vance Birthplace by bidding on an item at our silent auction. The Friends support interpretive programs, educational activities, classroom materials, and living history demonstrations, including this annual Christmas program.