Polk Central Elementary third graders recently had a chance to step back in time thanks to a visit to the Zebulon B. Vance Birthplace Historic Site in Weaverville.

Students in the classes of Lynn Carlson, Lori Dotson and Julia Tackett traveled Nov. 21 to learn about life in the 1800s with a tour of the two-story log hoke and grounds. Vance twice served as governor of North Carolina and also 15 years as a U.S. Senator.

While at Vance Birthplace, students also discovered the use of tools from the 1800s by participating in a History Mystery game. After a picnic lunch and playtime on the scenic grounds, they created Cup and Ball toys like those children played with in the 1800s.