JOEL LANE MUSEUM HOUSE
(c. 1770)
160 South St. Mary's Street
Raleigh, NC 27603
(919) 833-3431

Joel LaneOpen: Tours Wednesday to Friday 10, 11, 12 & 1; Saturday 1, 2 & 3, and by appointment.
Directions: From the state capitol, go west on Hillsborough Street 7 blocks to St. Mary's, left on St. Mary's, 2 blocks to Hargett Street. The house is on the corner of St. Mary's and West Hargett.

The home of Joel Lane was built on a knoll overlooking the future city of Raleigh. The little house was the center of many historic gatherings; the gracious hospitality within its walls witnessed the birth and growth of the capital of North Carolina. Lane introduced the bill in the Legislature for the creation of Wake County in 1771 and sold 1,000 acres of land to the state of North Carolina in 1792 for the creation of the capital city of Raleigh; hence he is known as the "Father of Wake County and the "Father of Raleigh."

About 1793 he remodeled, Joel Lane remodeled the house, and it is in this form that it is seen today. In 1911, the house was moved approximately one block to its present location. The Wake County Committee of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of North Carolina purchased the house in 1927 but restoration was not completed until the 1970s. Many beautiful and appropriate pieces were purchased for the house, some of which are believed to have belonged to Lane or his children. The house is leased to The Joel Lane Museum House, Inc., a nonprofit corporation.

The grounds include a detached kitchen, a formal city garden, and a period herb garden designed by Donald S. Parker of Colonial Williamsburg and updated by Major S. Newsom in 1999.

NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES
RALEIGH HISTORIC SITE
ACCREDITED: NSCDA MUSEUM PROPERTIES

 

Photo Credit: Erik Kvalsvik