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Joel Lane Museum House

160 South Saint Mary's Street, Raleigh, NC 27603
919-833-3431
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Ranked #38 of 75 Attractions in Raleigh
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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English first
NC
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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35 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
9 helpful votes 9 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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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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