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Address: 160 S Saint Marys St, Raleigh, NC 27603-1618
Phone Number: +1 919-833-3431
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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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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History at its best

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!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 3, 2016
Raleigh, North Carolina
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 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!

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Rolesville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 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.

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Niceville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 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 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 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.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 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 

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Fort Bragg, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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 sophiedog6123
Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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