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Visitors Center

The Visitors Center houses the gift shop and offices. Built about 1840, it was an addition to the side of Joel Lane’s home. When his house was moved from Boylan Street to its current location on West Hargett Street in 1914, the new lot was narrower. The addition would not fit on the side of the house so it was moved to the rear.
When the Museum House was restored in the 1970s, the addition had to come off. It was moved to the north side of the site and was rented as a home for 30 years. In April 2007, it was remodeled and opened as our Visitors Center.

What visitors say

Thank you so much for leading us on a guided tour of the Joel Lane House! I had no idea that the kitchen was separate from the main house, and how different the two are. I had always assumed that the most dangerous job for a slave was in the fields, but your expertise showed me that the kitchen (because of the heat and potential for fire) was actually the most dangerous for a slave woman…