Joel Lane Museum House
Visitor Information160 South Saint Mary's Street
Raleigh , North Carolina 27603
National Trust for Historic Preservation Member Discount: $1.00 off adult and senior admissions. 10% off merchandise in Museum or Gift Shop.
Joel Lane's home, built in 1769, is the oldest in Wake County, NC. 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 (1739-1795) and colonial life in the Carolina backcountry of 1770-1795.