Zebulon Baird Vance Birthplace State Historic Site Corn Crib O U T B UILDING The Corn Crib was used for storing corn. This building, like the smoke Slave Cabin I NFO RMATION house, has puncheon boards in it’s floor. The shed attached to the corn & H ISTORY crib was used as a storage place for In 1811, David Vance, Sr. had seventeen slaves and they a wagon or buggy. were thought to have lived in three cabins much like this one. We believe that they were originally located where the White Church is across the street. This particular cabin was moved here from Swannanoa. The cabin originally stood on the farm of Robert Patton, one of the first settlers to settle in the Swannanoa Valley. The cabin served as the first home for his family. Later, he built a two story cabin The Spring House for himself and used this cabin as a slave cabin. Although The spring house has been recon- the cabin is furnished on a smaller scale that the Vance structed over the spring that the house, there are two items in this cabin that are not in the Vances used while living here. The Vance’s home. One is a grease gourd that could be used water from the spring was used by to store animal grease, and the other is the large laundry the family for cooking, drinking, and basket. cleaning. Water would be carried to the house in wooden buckets. The pipe is used to direct the flow of the spring into the springhouse where the water flows through a trough. Into this trough crocks of milk, but- ter, and other foods could be placed Zebulon B. Vance Birthplace State Historic Site so that the could water would keep 911 Reems Creek Rd. those items cool. Weaverville, North Carolina 28787 (828) 645-6706 Located behind the house are six outbuildings. Theses buildings are not original to the site, but are buildings that represent some of the types of buildings that the Vance's Did have on their farm. Several of these buildings are old buildings that were moved here from other locations. Of the six outbuildings, only the springhouse has been re- constructed on an original site. Tool Shed Loom House Smoke House Located beside the tool house is the loom house. Behind the loom house is the smoke house. This building contains many of the items which The building, along with the corn crib was were used in the process of spinning and weaving moved here from the community of Bee Log. natural fibers. Two items in this building are origi- This building has puncheon floors in it. Pun- nal Vance family pieces. The large spinning wheel, cheon flooring is made up of logs that are or walking wheel, belonged to the Vance's along split and then smoothed with an adze. Inside The building that is used as a tool house with the yarn reel, or weasel. On the wall behind the building are the meat benches (also was originally moved here from the the yarn reel are the warping bars. Warping bars called salt benches) upon which meat is laid Johanna Fox Property located in the com- are used to measure the appropriate amount of for salting. Also, in the corner there is a large munity of Juniper. Originally this building warp, or thread, for specific projects on the loom. wooden sausage stuffer (also called a sau- was designed to be a smoke house, but it The loom was used to weave much of the cloth sage press). Notice where the salt has pene- is used here as a tool house. Stored in the used by the family. The loom came to the site trated the outside of some of the logs and tool house is a handmade carpenter’s from Pearl Weaver, who purchased the loom in provided the farm animals with a salt lick. bench with wooden vises. Also, in the 1917 for the University of North Carolina at building are many types of handmade tools Chapel hill. Before it was at UNCA, the loom was such as: the broad axe, used for hewing used in the Watauga region of the state, where it logs; a froe, splitting shingles; and a shave was made around two hundred years ago. horse, which was used along with the draw Other items in the loom house include the wool knife for shaping wood. Other tools stored cards, the flax hackles, the small spinning wheel, in the building are the cooper’s adze, the the swift, and the table loom. scorps, the brick molds, the hay racks, the augers, the calipers, a plow, and a bow saw.