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Joel Lane Museum House

  • Constructed: 1769
  • Location: Raleigh, NC

Built in 1769 and called the "Birthplace of NC's Capital," Joel Lane's home is a jewel of Georgian mid-Atlantic colonial architecture.. It is of statewide significance because it is where the commissioners charged with choosing land for the site of the "unalterable capital" spent ten days before deciding to purchase 1,000 acres of Lane's land. The museum, an adjacent 1790 middle-class dwelling, beautiful herb and formal gardens, and a circa 1840 Visitors Center beckon visitors to enter a by-gone world. Costumed docents interpret the buildings filled with period furnishings and artifacts and paint a vivid picture of Colonel Joel Lane and colonial life in the Carolina backcountry of 1770-1795.

 Joel Lane Museum House

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