Joel Lane Museum House

Joel Lane Museum House, Raleigh: Hours, Address, Joel Lane Museum House Reviews: 4.5/5

Joel Lane Museum House
4.5
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
About
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.
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
The area
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
Popular mentions

4.5
32 reviews
Excellent
22
Very good
8
Average
1
Poor
1
Terrible
0

Trail779345
28 contributions
Jul 2018
The guides were great to share the history of the museum; a fun day. The period furnishing in that age had been well preserved and very characterestic of the period. The guides delighted sharing their knowledge and the history .
Written February 12, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

katebB667JY
35 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
We have not been here for the Christmas tour for many years. We came on a day that was perfect outside. There was a colonial gun demo and the gentleman who was presenting was very interesting in his detail of the militia. He engaged the kids as well and was very outgoing. People were all in period costume with period crafts. Each room of the house had a scene setup with docents to talk about what life was like back then and dulcimer music and song. Their garden although small was interesting as well and this was the first time I had seen a pomegranate tree with fruit. There is also a little gift shop which we enjoyed. The house is tiny so there is not much room for a large family to move around from room to room and there is an upstairs and downstairs.
Written January 3, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

igolfCA
Williamsburg, VA1,688 contributions
Jan 2018 • Couples
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 learned all about Joel Lane, who he was, and how he contributed to the location of the current capital city.

The grounds consist of a gift shop, a kitchen (actually a house that belonged to someone else), the Joel Lane house, and an herb garden and boxwood garden. Most of the furnishings are period furniture but did not belong to the Joel Lane family.

The docent was excellent, easy to talk to, and answered all of our questions. Tour lasts about an hour. Really enjoyed our visit here.
Written January 29, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Peter K
Hurricane, UT677 contributions
Sep 2021
We visited here on 9/15/21 while visiting friends in Raleigh. The staff and tour guide were friendly and explained who Joel Lane was and his claim to fame. I found it moderately interesting but our friends from Raleigh were much more impressed.
A school group on the tour in front of us, were enthralled by the museum and tour, so it may be best for those with children.

Overall, an OK place to visit.
Written September 30, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Varina105
North Carolina163 contributions
Dec 2016 • Family
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 garden which is enclosed in a vine entwined fence.
In 1927, the Joel Lane home was purchased by the Colonial Dames of America for protection and safeguarding. The home is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The home is open regularly by the society. The members often have special events to demonstrate colonial life to the community. Guest speakers are often invited to lecture in public discussions.
For the History Buff:
Joel Lane was born in Edgecombe County which is the current Halifax County.
He certainly has a remarkable pedigree! His parents were Joseph and Patience McKinne Lane. It is believed that his Grandfather was Richard Lane of Jamestown, Virginia notoriety. It is also thought the Joel Lane was a relative of Ralph Lane who was the first Governor of North Carolina. His lineage continues with Colonel Barnabas McKinne a Provincial Justice and Colonial Assemblyman as his Grandfather on his Mother side.
He began his career as a Justice of the Peace in Halifax County around 1760. Later, he was appointed Sherriff and then Captain of the Halifax regiment. By 1768, Joel Lane had moved to Johnston County, North Carolina. He attained several thousand acres in an area known as Walnut Creek. He was appointed Justice of the Court in Johnston County Court. In 1771, he initiated a measure to form Wake County from that section of Johnston County. The first Wake County court is believed to have been held in the Joel Lane’s home. He also served as Register of Wake County and a Representative to the General Assembly. His home was also used as an “ordinary” or resting stop for those traveling in the area. The home was named “Wakefield” by Joel Lane is honor of the Colonial Governor William Tryon’s wife, Margaret Wake.

Lane was selected as Lieutenant Colonel of the Wake Militia by Governor William Tryon which was commanded by his father-in-law, Colonel John Hinton in 1771. He was a Revolutionary Patriot. He served as a Delegate to the Provincial Congress in 1775 and as a Senator from 1782 to 1794. The General Assembly convened at Joel Lane’s house in 1781 for a short period. He served in the Constitutional Convention in 1788 and 1789. This convention ratified the United States Constitution and passed legislation to build a North Carolina state capital within ten miles of Isaac Hunter’s tavern. Lane’s land was used to map out the Capital city of Raleigh.
During the latter years of his life, Joel Lane served as a trustee for The University of North Carolina.
Joel Lane was married to Martha Hinton and after her death to her sister, Mary Hinton. He was the father to twelve children. It is believed that Joel Lane is buried in The Raleigh City Cemetery.
Written December 15, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

M F
Winston Salem, NC33 contributions
Mar 2019 • Family
Local historical site. Has scheduled guided tours several times per day. Admission $8 for adults, $4 for students. Interesting visit - tour lasted about an hour.
Written March 20, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Mom2sdr
Los Altos, CA2 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
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 period costume, no less), and got such a good sense of the history of the region in a very short time. Well worth the visit! Adorable gift shop, too!
Written July 30, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Threeladybug
Raleigh, NC118 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
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 the home, made a rag doll and truly enjoyed our time visiting the museum.
Written July 21, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

31HomeGames
Charlotte, NC1,469 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
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 and the history of the colonial Georgian house built in 1769. Joel Lane sold 1000 acres of his land to the state of North Carolina in 1792 to establish the state Capitol. The furnishings in the house are faithful to the time period but very few are original to the house or family.

Easy street parking right outside the entrance.
Written July 14, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Thomas F
Compiegne City, France335 contributions
Apr 2018 • Friends
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 a lot about the North Carolina state) is amazing.

Don't miss this place.
Written April 29, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Showing results 1-10 of 32
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Frequently Asked Questions about Joel Lane Museum House

Joel Lane Museum House is open:
  • Wed - Fri 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM