Welcome to the Joel Lane Museum House | The place where the history of Raleigh, NC was born. Come on in and enjoy it!
Visit the Birthplace of North Carolina's capital city, an award-winning heritage site.
Joel Lane built his home in the early 1770’s in what was a very rural part of North Carolina. He is called “The Father of Raleigh” because he facilitated the location of North Carolina’s capital city on his land in 1792. His faithfully-restored plantation manor was once deemed “The Best House for 100 Miles.” A visit to this important historic site will transport you back in time.
Owned by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of North Carolina
Awards: 2012 Anthemion Award from Capital Area Preservation to 40 years of stewardship by the JLMH Board of Directors for outstanding dedication and commitment to excellence in historic preservation; 2010 Metro Bravo Award for Best Historic Site--Honorable Mention; 2009 Metro Bravo Award for Best Historic Site--Honorable Mention; 2005 Joel Lane inducted into the Raleigh Hall of Fame; 2001 Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Community Appearance for the gardens; 1977 Historic Preservation and Restoration Award from the NC Chapter of the American Institute of Architects; 1972 awarded the Ruth Coltrane Cannon Cup for achievement in historic preservation by the Historic Preservation Society of North Carolina; 1972 designated a Raleigh Historic Site; 1971 listed on the National Register of Historic Places
We invite you to browse through the Joel Lane Museum House website and learn about the fascinating Colonel Lane and the house where North Carolina history was made.
Hours of Operation
Museum Open Only for Tours Led by Costumed Guides. Tours typically last 45 minutes.
Regular Hours (March 1 through December 21, 2013):
Wednesday - Friday:
Tours begin at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00 & 1:00
Tours at begin 1:00, 2:00 & 3:00
Sunday afternoon tours available by appointment for groups only. Sunday tours must be pre-paid and are non-refundable.
Museum Shop is open when the museum is open. The shop is also open most weekday afternoons until 5:30 pm.
Off-Season Hours (From December 22, 2013 through February 28, 2014):
Museum open Saturdays for walk-in tours at 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 pm. Museum open for tours at other times by appointment for groups only.
Please call the office at 919-833-3431 or click on contact to make an appointment.
Office and museum shop open from 12:30 to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday except in February, when shop hours may be more limited. Please call before you come by.
December 2013 Hours:
Saturday, December 21 museum shop open 1:00 to 4:00 and walk-in visitors for tours welcome. Tours begin at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00.
Monday, December 23 office and museum shop will be open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. No tours available.
Office and shop will be closed from Tuesday, December 24th through Wednesday, January 1.
Office and shop will re-open on Thursday, January 2.