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“Too bad they didn't move the whole house” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Joel Lane Museum House

Joel Lane Museum House
Ranked #59 of 143 things to do in Raleigh
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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.
Raleigh, North Carolina
1 review
“Too bad they didn't move the whole house”
2 of 5 bubbles 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...

Visited March 2013
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joellane, Manager at Joel Lane Museum House, responded to this review, May 29, 2013
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, well before photography existed.

The house has been restored to the 1793-1794 date when Joel Lane still lived there and remodeled the upstairs. Later owners attached a wing (shown in some old photos) that was built circa 1840 and added to the side of Joel Lane's house. The wing is much later than Joel Lane's time and fails to add any understanding of Joel Lane's time period or life, so it was removed in 1970. The wing is still at the site and is used as a Visitors Center today.
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Colonial North Carolina”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2012

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

Visited December 2011
Thank traveler484
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Atlanta, GA
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52 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Step back in time”
4 of 5 bubbles 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!

Thank LangtoNic
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