Joel Lane Museum House
Backstory and Context
For such an influential man, relatively little is known about Joel Lane. Lane was elected to represent Johnston County during the 1770 Colonial Assembly. He helped create and secure the passage of a bill that created Wake County. During the American Revolution, he served as a colonel in the local militia. After the war, he served as a delegate to the state's 1788 Constitutional Convention-voting against ratification unless the Constitution was amended to include what later became the Bill of Rights. Lane also represented Wake County in the state legislature for eleven terms and served as one of the first trustees of the University of North Carolina. He was married twice during his life and had children with ages spanning 30 years.
The house now sits on approximately a third of an acre; however, at one point Lane owned 5,000 acres of land surrounding the house. Lane proposed building the University of North Carolina on a portion of his 5,000 acres. The land he offered is located in present-day Kerry. However, his offer was declined, so the university was built in Chapel Hill.
The authenticity of the museum’s exhibit helps visitors feel
as though they stepped into the past. It is even dimly lit, as it would have
been in the days before electricity.
"Joel Lane Museum House in Raleigh, NC," UNCTV, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exaK3ly0aiM
"Joel Lane House," National Park Service, https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/raleigh/lan.htm