North Carolina-Vance County-November 16

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-November 16

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.

In 1881 parts of three existing North Carolina Counties were carved out to create Vance County. Franklin, Granville, and Warren counties all gave up some real estate to create Vance County. The map below outlined in red depicts Vance County.


The county seat is Henderson and is named after a former NC Governor and US Senator Zeb Vance.

I wrote about Zeb Vance older brother Robert who was involved in a duel in previous post.

Several local landmarks exist in Vance County.  Historic structures include the county courthouse (1884) and St. John’s Episcopal Church (1773). St. John’s is one of the three remaining colonial church buildings in North Carolina.

Photo of St. John’s Episcopal Church is below.


Kerr Lake (1950s) was constructed to help stifle the frequent flooding that occurred in eastern North Carolina. Today, the Kerr Lake State Recreation Area operates the largest man-made lake on the eastern side of the United States, and boaters, fishermen, and other water spot enthusiasts visit Kerr Lake every year.

In addition, Vance County was home to the original Rose’s Department Store, opened by Paul and T. B. Rose in Henderson in 1915.





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