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Joel Lane Museum House

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Hidden Gem!

My teenage son and I had only a few hours to explore Raleigh, and chose the immersive experience at... read more

Reviewed July 30, 2018
Los Altos, California
Free on the 4th of July

This historic home was open to visit for free on the 4th of July. They had a place where you could... read more

Reviewed July 21, 2018
Raleigh, North Carolina
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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...more
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160 S Saint Marys St, Raleigh, NC 27603-1618
+1 919-833-3431
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Reviewed July 30, 2018

My teenage son and I had only a few hours to explore Raleigh, and chose the immersive experience at Joel Lane House upon the recommendation of our hotel. WOW! We had a personal tour, led by a very well educated and informative tour guide (in...More

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Reviewed July 21, 2018

This historic home was open to visit for free on the 4th of July. They had a place where you could write with a quill, make tin decorations using a nail and hammer, see the fife and drum and a shot gun demonstration. We toured...More

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Reviewed July 14, 2018 via mobile

This is the oldest house in Raleigh located across the street from its original location. The $8 tour is very informative and conducted by a friendly and knowledgeable docent. You get to visit all rooms of the house and learn about Joel Lane, colonial times...More

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Reviewed July 4, 2018 via mobile

Please visit this spot. The parking was easy and it was well cared for. There was a 4th of July event, which we missed, but the house and history are definitely worth the trip downtown

Thank Laurie A
Reviewed April 29, 2018 via mobile

A very nice place to visit : you'll discover and learn a lot about this house and his precious owner (oldest house in Raleigh). This is really something to see. Moreover the guided tour is excellent and the guide (a passionate young student who knows...More

Thank Thomas F
Reviewed March 31, 2018

A tour of the Joel Lane House not only tells the story of an interesting Colonial family, but it also tells the story of Raleigh's founding, as Joel Lane donated the land for the city of Raleigh to be established. The museum consists of a...More

1  Thank katsusanna
Reviewed January 29, 2018

I learned a lot about the history of Raleigh by going through this house with the excellent docent in period costume. First we found that the house had been moved and was not in its original location which was up an adjacent hill. Then we...More

2  Thank igolfCA
Reviewed May 15, 2017

We were on tour provided through the NC Genealogical Society as part of the National Genealogical Society Conference. This provided us a good basis with which understand more about the history of the area. The tour guides we very knowledgeable and darn good at their...More

Thank tmjrobin
Reviewed April 15, 2017

My husband and I are from out of state, and we did not know anything about Joel Lane . We simply walked past the museum and decided to stop in. I am so glad we did. The cost is $8.00 for adults, and we were...More

Thank az_rosie
Reviewed December 15, 2016

Few residents of Raleigh, North Carolina know of the Colonial history of the city in which they currently live. The home of Joel Lane is hidden away on Saint Mary’s Street in downtown Raleigh. The site consists of a home, kitchen, gift shop and herb...More

2  Thank Varina105
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