Zebulon Baird Vance was one of North Carolina's most important figures in the history of our state. The monument to him has stood as the heart of the city of Asheville for 124 years. Now it is threatened with destruction. From 2012-2015 our organization, The Society for the Historical Preservation of the Twenty-Sixth North Carolina Troops (26th NC) raised over $138,000 to restore the monument for future generations. We took that commitment very seriously then and we still do now when it's fate is in jeopardy. The markers and monuments to our historical past should be protected since they are our guideposts to who we are, where we have come from, and where we are headed in the future. Help us to protect this important part of the history of our city, county, region, and our state.
In 1896 a committee was formed to raise the necessary funds to erect a fitting memorial for Zebulon Vance. Citizens from all over the city of Asheville, Buncombe County, and Western NC contributed to the project. It was meant as a lasting memorial to a man that gave so much to the people of the Old North State in his 40 years of service.
The 26th NC has existed for 40 years and, to date, has raised over $265,000 for historical preservation. Through our partnership with the North Carolina Museum of History, we have become a leader in the realm of preservation of the history and material culture of North Carolina. We have committed ourselves to this important and neverending task. With this in mind, we stand as guardians of the historical record of North Carolina. Please consider joining us in our efforts to save this imporant part of that story.