Joel Lane Museum House

Local nameJoel Lane Museum House
LocationRaleigh, North Carolina, United States

The Joel Lane House, also known as Wakefield, was built in 1769, is a historic restored home and museum located in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is the oldest dwelling in Wake County and contains collections of 18th century artifacts and period furnishings. The museum grounds include a detached middle class home built circa 1790, formal city garden, and period herb garden. The house is named after Joel Lane, the "Father of Raleigh" and "Father of Wake County." In the late 1760s, Lane settled at Wake Cross Roads located in colonial Johnston County. Lane and his house played a key role in North Carolina's transition from colony to state and in the establishment of Raleigh as the state capital. Joel Lane's plantation manor stood on a small hill, overlooking the future site of Raleigh. Lane owned thousands of acres, which enabled him to be influential in politics.

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Official Website

Phone +1 919 833 3431

Address 728 West Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC 27603-1662, USA

Coordinates 35°46'43.782" N -78°39'3.021" E

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