Zebulon Baird Vance, Fletcher
The memorial is one of a series of large granite mountain boulders, all about the same size but
of different shapes that comprise the “Open-Air Westminster Abbey of the South.” Each memorial contains a bronze plaque with date of birth and death and a statement about the person’s significance to southern culture or in some cases their relationship to Calvary Episcopal Church.
Images: Plaque | Rear view | View of memorials at "Westminster Abbey of the South"
Front: IN LOVING MEMORY / ZEBULON BAIRD VANCE / FRIEND, PATRIOT, PHILANTHROPIST /
SCHOLAR, ORATOR, STATESMAN
LOYAL FRIEND TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE / WHOM HE HONORED IN THE CLASSIC LECTURE / “THE SCATTERED NATION”
BORN NEAR ASHEVILLE, N.C. MAY 18, 1836 / ELECTED GOVERNOR OF NORTH CAROLINA / 1862- 1864-1876 / SENATOR FROM NORTH CAROLINA / 1879-1894 / DIED IN WASHINGTON, D.C. APRIL 15, 1894 / HIS BODY IS INTERRED IN / RIVERSIDE CEMETERY / ASHEVILLE, N.C.
Rear: ERECTED 1928 / BY THE / ASHEVILLE LODGE 714 / INDEPENDENT ORDER / OF B’NAI B’RITH / DISTRICT NO.5
Calvary Episcopal Church
October 14, 1928
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Asheville Lodge Number 714 Independent Order of the B’nai B’rith
Rabbi Stephen S. Wise of New York made the principal address.
Zebulon Baird Vance was the governor of North Carolina from 1862 to 1865 and from 1877 to 1879. He also served in the Confederate army until 1862. He is remembered for having worked hard to supply the Confederate troops and to protect the rights of North Carolina during the war. He served in the United States Senate from 1879 to his death in 1894. He was a very popular Democratic figure in North Carolina. Read more about Zebulon Baird Vance.
Calvary Episcopal Church is located at 2840 Hendersonville Road, at
its intersection with Old Airport Road in Fletcher, NC.
Eighteen “Open-Air Westminster Abbey of the South” markers stand in two rows in a lawn area facing Old Airport Road to the right of the church. The Robert E. Lee Dixie Highway is located near the street facing Hendersonville Road. One memorial to Bill Nye is in the church cemetery and the second memorial to Bill Nye is on the front lawn of the church. The Calvary Church marker stands near the sanctuary.
This memorial is one of eighteen “Open-Air Westminster Abbey of the South” markers that stand in two rows in a lawn area to the right of the church.
This memorial and the seventeen others now standing along Old Airport Road were originally located in a landscaped plot along Hendersonville Road (Highway 25) directly in front of the cemetery. It is likely they had to be relocated when the road was widened to four lanes.