Vance Monument rededication set for Saturday

As part of the restoration of the Vance Monument, repairs to the mortar joints and the monument's wrought iron fence have been made, plus the monument and its plaques have been cleaned. Photo by Daniel Hall

A rededication ceremony for the Vance Monument is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, June 6, at the foot of the monument in Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville.

Constructed in 1897 at the west end of what is now Pack Square Park, the Vance Monument commemorates the life of Zebulon B. Vance, U.S. senator, governor of North Carolina during and after the Civil War, and the first colonel of the 26th North Carolina Regiment, notes a news release from the city of Asheville.

The granite monument, part of the city of Asheville’s public art collection, was designed by noted architect Richard Sharpe Smith. Repairs to the monument included fixing mortar joints, overall cleaning of the monument and plaques, and repair of the wrought iron fence surrounding the monument. The restoration was made possible by a donation by the 26th North Carolina Regiment, which will host the ceremony, according to the city.

The contents of a time capsule placed under the monument in 1897 will be on display, and plans to create a new time capsule will also be revealed. The Asheville Buncombe Time Capsule Project will invite the community to offer opinions on the new time capsule’s contents, and a volunteer selection panel will make the final recommendation on what should be included.

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