Mordecai Historic Park
This historic park is located on land that was once the largest plantation in Wake County. The historic park includes a visitors center as well as the Mordacai House-the oldest home in the city (with the exception of smaller structures that were preserved but moved from their original location). Visitors to the historic park can also visit the home where President Andrew Johnson was born.
Backstory and Context
The Lane family had acquired 14 slaves who worked in the home and throughout the 2000-acre plantation. Moses Moedacai, like many other North Carolina planters in the early 1800s, expanded his plantation and focused on producing cotton. Henry Mordacai shifted production to corn in the 1850s, likely a reflection of the ways that producing cotton depleted the soil and the shift towards cotton production in the "new lands" to the west. Records indicate that Henry Mordacai was a particularly cruel master.