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Address: 160 South Saint Mary's Street, Raleigh, NC 27603
Phone Number: 919-833-3431
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Wed - Fri 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sat 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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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Old old house...

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 29, 2015
Fort Bragg, North Carolina
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Fort Bragg, North Carolina
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 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 

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 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.

Thank sophiedog729
Raleigh, North Carolina
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99 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

I found this place when I first moved here. If you love history, the volunteers and workers here know their stuff and are willing to go the extra mile to make you feel immersed in the 18th century. If you have some free time, go visit. More importantly, if you love history, go see if you can volunteer. That experience,... More 

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Washougal, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014 via mobile

The Joel Lane House is a little less than a mile from the Marriott hotel in downtown Raleigh. I walked there. I was the only one there and I was treated to a private tour by Alvetta. The house has been moved from the original location to where it is now. Because of the lot size and shape, it is... More 

Thank KimN697
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

My husband and I had a morning to spend in Raleigh and as he likes gardens and I love old houses we began our day here. You can find free parking on the street. Signage indicated tours were on the hour, but we were not, yet welcomed immediately by a costumed guide who was very informative and took plenty of... More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

I really did enjoy my tour here! The guide and gift shop worker were both very enthusiastic about the house and its history, and we had a lovely discussion. I definitely recommend a visit!

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12 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

The Joel Lane house is a throw back to the roots of Raleigh and has its own little garden with a few other buildings on the property. There is a small museum inside and the staff are usually dressed in Colonial outfits and play the part quite well. I bought my parents a commemorative brick here for the wedding anniversary.... More 

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Raleigh, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

We went on a special Saturday afternoon Open House in early December. It was very interesting and well done. We got there late in the day, I wish we had gotten there earlier. Great for local history buffs.

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Wake Forest, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

I did not go.... My husband took houseguests. He thought it was really nice and our guests were very interested. He said he thought he would have changed a few things, but that is a man for you...

Thank Northcountrychick
Raleigh, North Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

When they moved the house from across the street, why did they not move the whole house? It's too bad they didn't keep the house in tact and preserve history. Google pics of the way the house used to be. Disappointing...

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joellane, Manager at Joel Lane Museum House, responded to this review

We are delighted that our guest decided to spend an hour in North Carolina's colonial past. We regret that she did not realize that the photos on the Internet of the house showing a wing attached to it of necessity date to the 1800s. (There was no photography in Joel Lane's time, 1739-1795.) Joel Lane's house was built in 1769,... More 

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