Joel Lane Museum House

Visitor Information

160 South Saint Mary's Street
Raleigh , North Carolina 27603

Phone: 919-833-3431
Hours: Guided tours are offered on the hour on Saturdays at 1 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm year round. From March 1 to mid-December, tours begin on the hour Wed-Friday between 10 am & 2 pm and on Saturday from 1 pm to 4 pm. The last tour begins one hour before closing.

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.