Joel Lane Museum House, Raleigh

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Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Joel Lane Museum House, “Birthplace of North Carolina’s Capital,” is a heritage site of statewide significance. It was the home of Colonel Joel Lane, a Revolutionary War patriot, who sold 1,000 acres of his land to the State of NC in 1792 for building the capital city, Raleigh. Colonel Lane’s fully furnished 18th-century home, a jewel of mid-Atlantic Georgian colonial architecture, beckons visitors to enter a by-gone world. The site also includes a circa 1790 middle-class dwelling, interpreted as a kitchen, beautiful colonial revival herb and formal gardens, and a circa 1840 Visitors Center and museum shop. Costumed docents paint a vivid picture of life in the Carolina backcountry of 1770-1795. Please see the website for location, hours, and special events.
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  • This visit was a planned stop. I had read a bit about the Joel Lane Museum and wanted to know more. We went on a 45-60 minute tour of the house and small grounds surrounding, guided by the museum...  more »
  • Local historical site. Has scheduled guided tours several times per day. Admission $8 for adults, $4 for students. Interesting visit - tour lasted about an hour.  more »
  • A very nice place to visit : you'll discover and learn a lot about this house and his precious owner (oldest house in Raleigh). This is really something to see. Moreover the guided tour is excellent and the guide (a passionate young student who knows a lot about the North Carolina state) is amazing. Don't miss this place.
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