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Zebulon Baird Vance Monument
Vance Monument - Asheville, NC.jpg
The monument in 2011
Year 1938
Medium Stone
Dimensions 2,000 cm (65 ft)
Location Asheville, North Carolina, U.S.
Coordinates 35°35′42″N 82°33′05″W / 35.59508°N 82.55148°W / 35.59508; -82.55148Coordinates: 35°35′42″N 82°33′05″W / 35.59508°N 82.55148°W / 35.59508; -82.55148

The Zebulon Baird Vance Monument is a monument in Asheville, North Carolina, United States honoring Zebulon Baird Vance. The memorial is slated for removal, as of June 2020.

Description and history

Zebulon Baird Vance was Governor of North Carolina during the American Civil War and a United States Senator from 1880 until his death in 1894. He also lived in Asheville. George Willis Pack donated $2000, or two-thirds of the cost. Biltmore House architect Richard Sharp Smith, who succeeded Richard Morris Hunt in 1895, designed the monument, basing it on the Washington Monument. Originally, only the word "Vance" appeared on each side. Construction of the 65-foot (20 m) obelisk honoring him began December 22, 1897, with a band playing "Dixie" as the cornerstone was laid. The location of the obelisk is present-day Pack Square, on land owned by the city of Asheville. The inscription on the plaque reads:

ZEBULON BAIRD VANCE
CONFEDERATE SOLDIER, WAR GOVERNOR
U.S. SENATOR, ORATOR, STATESMAN
MAY 13, 1830 — APRIL 14, 1894
THIS TABLET IS PLACED BY ASHEVILLE CHAPTER U.D.C.
1938

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