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Bring History to Life by Making a Donation!

Joel Lane Museum House, Inc. relies on individual support!

Docent assists child.

You can make a difference by helping us to preserve and share this wonderful site, the birthplace of North Carolina’s beautiful capital city. The stories of Joel Lane, his family, and the enslaved families who lived here are quintessentially American. Your contribution allows the Joel Lane Museum House to share these stories and the experience of a pivotal moment in local and national history, through the people who lived and shaped that history.

Monetary donations are vital to this mission. We are not owned by federal, state, county, or city governments, but by the National Society of Colonial Dames of America in the State of North Carolina.

Your $50 gift allows us to take Hands-On History to a low-income school.
$100 funds the creation of a lady’s costume top for the docents.
$350 funds one month of garden maintenance.

A gift of any amount supports educational programs, from traditional guided tours, to fieldtrips, to hands-on on-site and off-site presentations by volunteers and staff. It also contributes to the care of the buildings and collection, which are key to interpreting our rich history for thousands of children and adults each year.

We gratefully accept donations through the mail by check to PO Box 10884, Raleigh NC 27605; by credit cards by phone at 919-833-3431 (a 1% card-not-present convenience fee will be added); or you can click on the Paypal link below and use your credit card. A Paypal account is not required.

Joel Lane Museum House, Inc. is a 501(3) non-profit corporation. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 888-830-4989. This license is not an endorsement by the State.

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…