Joel Lane was a Revolutionary War patriot who served as a delegate to the 1789 convention in Fayetteville where the U.S. Constitution was ratified. He sponsored legislation creating Wake County and, in 1792, sold 1,000 acres of his estate to establish Raleigh as the state capital. His plantation manor, built in 1769, is now known as the Joel Lane Museum House and provides unique insight into Colonial living.
Costumed docents lead tours that begin in the visitors center at 160 South Saint Mary’s St. The house is located at on the corner of St. Mary’s and West Hargett streets.
(Courtesy Joel Lane Museum House)