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Sunday, July 7, 2013

Zebulon Vance & Thomas Wolfe

Zebulon Vance was the governor of North Carolina during the Civil War, and maintained a strong presence in politics - state and national - until his death. The Vance Monument in downtown Asheville honors his legacy. Vance's boyhood home in the nearby town of Weaverville, NC is a historic site that gives an idea of rural life for a prominent family of that time - the late 1700s.

Thomas Wolfe was one of America's greatest writers of the 20th Century.  Vance's family boarding house, located downtown, is preserved as a museum, and is well worth a visit. Look Homeward, Angel was one of Wolfe's best works.

Both Zebulan Vance and Thomas Wolfe are buried in the Riverside Cemetery in Asheville.

I took my guest to all three sites on a single day. We shot these videos:

 For a look inside the home and to learn more history about it, click here for UNC TV's special.

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