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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
Description: 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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Sweet Little Historical Gem

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 29, 2014
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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66 reviews 66 reviews
27 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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Fort Mill, South Carolina
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39 reviews 39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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 

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PORT ALLEGANY
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262 reviews 262 reviews
62 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
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 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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1,140 reviews 1,140 reviews
535 attraction reviews
323 helpful votes 323 helpful votes
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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NC
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58 reviews 58 reviews
10 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
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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78 reviews 78 reviews
38 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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...

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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 

Raleigh, North Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

A well preserved gem. The furniture and decorations are historically accurate. Our guide was excellent.

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Atlanta, GA
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52 reviews 52 reviews
16 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2012

We visited when they had a holiday open house event with people spinning yarn and docents giving tours and discussions of life back then. We really enjoyed it, especially the hot spiced cider!

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