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Address: 160 S Saint Marys St, Raleigh, NC 27603-1618
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+1 919-833-3431
10:00 - 14:00
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Built circa 1770, Joel Lane’s home is a jewel of Georgian mid-Atlantic...

Built circa 1770, Joel Lane’s home is a jewel of Georgian mid-Atlantic colonial architecture. It was fully restored and furnished in the 1970s and is open for tours led by costumed docents. The site consts of three buildings and gardens: the museum, an adjacent 1790 middle-class dwelling, called the "Kitchen," beautiful herb and formal neo-colonial gardens, and a circa 1840 Visitors Center beckon visitors to enter a by-gone world. The buildings are filled with period furnishings and artifacts and paint a vivid picture of Colonel Joel Lane (1739-1795) and colonial life in the Carolina backcountry of 1770-1795.

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The Roots of Raleigh

We were on tour provided through the NC Genealogical Society as part of the National Genealogical Society Conference. This provided us a good basis with which understand more... read more

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Hopkinsville, Kentucky
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Hopkinsville, Kentucky
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26 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were on tour provided through the NC Genealogical Society as part of the National Genealogical Society Conference. This provided us a good basis with which understand more about the history of the area. The tour guides we very knowledgeable and darn good at their job. They covered the entire grounds as well as the structures, bringing to life early... More 

Thank tmjrobin
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017

My husband and I are from out of state, and we did not know anything about Joel Lane . We simply walked past the museum and decided to stop in. I am so glad we did. The cost is $8.00 for adults, and we were given a guided tour through the two homes on the property and the beautiful garden.... More 

Thank az_rosie
North Carolina
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27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2016

Few residents of Raleigh, North Carolina know of the Colonial history of the city in which they currently live. The home of Joel Lane is hidden away on Saint Mary’s Street in downtown Raleigh. The site consists of a home, kitchen, gift shop and herb garden which is enclosed in a vine entwined fence. In 1927, the Joel Lane home... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2016

My family and I went here for an event and loved every minute of it. The site is a great place to learn about some of the local history and make new friends!

Thank foodie412
Rolesville, North Carolina
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39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2016

Wanted to visit ever since we relocated to the area. Finally had out of town friend visiting us and we went to see the house. Glad we did. Learn a lot so well worth the trip.

Thank rolesville_dave2013
Niceville, Florida
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22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2016

I was visiting my parents that live near Raleigh and decided to find us something to do together that they would enjoy. We had a lovely time going back in time and learning the history of this family. My parents enjoyed seeing and hearing things that their parents had talked about from their lives. The tour guide was fairly new... More 

Thank Julie M
Chicago, Illinois
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110 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 May 2016

This is a must-stop for seeing a home from the earliest days, even preRaleigh as its owner helped to make Raleigh possible. The guide was truly engaging and most willing to answer questions.

Thank The3ofus60614
Raleigh, North Carolina
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 30 March 2016

Travel back to the beginnings of Raleigh, NC. Joel Lane House's docents take you back to the early years of Raleigh's Capitol when Joel LAne owned most of theproperty on which the the Bapitol buildings now stand. Great presentation of the historic artifacts in a house furnished much the same. Docents very knowledgeable. Annual events are fun and educational. Very... More 

Thank Jennie G
Fort Bragg, North Carolina
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82 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 November 2015

This place is smack in the middle of downtown Raleigh. It only takes a couple of minutes to walk through and once done, walk down the street to get a beer at the Boylan Street pub or walk up the street to get a beer at Trophy pub on Hillsborough Street. Or walk down the hill and get a beer... More 

Thank Wunrundun
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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255 reviews
95 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2015

it was great.Glad I came to visit. IT was educational and fun. It is a nice place to bring guests to. The staff is nice. And knowledgable.

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