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Historic Oakwood

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Address: Franklin Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
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+1 919-733-3456

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this scenic...

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this scenic neighborhood features restored Victorian-style homes built between 1870 and 1912.

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Educational and Beautiful

Beautifully restored homes. Can explore on your own or via a tour. We did a tour and learned about the history of the area and a selection of the homes. Nice quiet streets... read more

Reviewed 7 July 2015
Greg R
North Carolina
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68 reviews
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Reviewed 7 July 2015

Beautifully restored homes. Can explore on your own or via a tour. We did a tour and learned about the history of the area and a selection of the homes. Nice quiet streets, friendly neighbors, and educational.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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13 reviews
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Reviewed 5 July 2015

Loved the neighborhood homes here. It was like stepping back a century. Lovely part of town. Raleigh should be proud of this neighborhood. It is charming.

1 Thank mat662
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106 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2015

Amazing neighborhood to walk or drive through and see the amazing craftsmanship of a bygone era when things were made by hands and pride!!! The cemetery is a great stroll as well!!! Perfect on a Spring day with fresh color emerging, or in Autumn with colors of reds, oranges and golds. The candlelight tour is completely Christmas Tradition worthy!! Hope... More 

1 Thank Leland W
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31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2015

The neighborhood is just O.K. Cute houses on small lots. The cemetery is very interesting with some amazing monuments. If you have the time, it is worth the drive.

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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2015

LOVE the history of this cemetery and the significance of some of the tombstones that the staff, who has Friday flashlight night on the first Friday of the month, told us. Also the Confederate part of the cemetery, Elizabeth Edwards grave with the magnificent sculpture and SO MUCH MORE!!! Gorgeous place , friendly staff. And free!!!

1 Thank jdjwiskx
Grafton, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2015

The historic neighborhood was all decked out for Christmas. It really was lovely. Almost every home was beautifully decorated

3 Thank EFHOWE
Bethesda, MD
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2014

I truly enjoyed walking around the Oakwood neighborhood. Each house different. Each with a history. You could tell the inhabitants really care about their area. Beautiful examples of so many different architectural designs. It is a photographer's paradise.

2 Thank KHepburn
Washougal, Washington
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Reviewed 6 November 2014 via mobile

I walked from the Joel Lane House to the Mordecai Historic area. On the way I took a detour through Historic Oakwood. I did not visit the cemetery, maybe next time. I really enjoyed walking through this neighborhood. I love old homes. Each one has its own character and charm. I visited in November so the weather was nice and... More 

3 Thank KimN697
East Bay, California
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Reviewed 12 October 2014

You can get a free map of the neighborhood from the State Museum of History. It will give you houses to look for and the style, year, who owned it and what they did for a living. Very interesting to walk through and see all the charming homes and read a bit of history about them. The homes are being... More 

5 Thank theheatonfamily
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 1 October 2014

There's not much in the way of knowing which homes are really historic (I didn't see any plaques on the homes), and they're sort of scattered about. I like that many of the Victorian homes are painted brightly, though!

4 Thank QuickWhitTravel

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