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NEW LOCATION! Lecture: “Isaac Hunter and His Tavern” by Belle Long

when: Apr. 12, 2018

NEW LOCATION at the Mordecai Historic Park Visitor Center!

: Joel Lane Museum House presents a lecture on “Isaac Hunter and His Tavern” by Belle Long

As a board member of the Wake County Historical Society, Belle Long has been researching Isaac Hunter and his famous tavern. The Society was asked by the Raleigh Citizens’ Advisory Council, which includes the location of the land owned by Hunter, to look into the history of the area now that the land is about to be developed. What emerged is a fascinating glimpse of a mercurial man who had a small part in shaping the future of the state’s capital: in 1788, an Ordinance of the Constitutional Convention fixed location of the permanent state capital within 10 miles of Isaac Hunter’s plantation, and in 1792 the Commissioners appointed to choose a site for the capital met at his tavern and then adjourned to Joel Lane’s for the next two weeks of site selection.

Time: Thursday, April 12, 2018, 7:00pm

Location: Mordecai Historic Site Visitor Center, 1101 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh, NC 27604. Parking is available on Cedar and Mimosa Streets, with handicapped spots on both. Cedar is closest to the Visitor Center, but it’s a short, pleasant walk through the park from Mimosa Street.

Admission: For the public: $16; Members of the Joel Lane Historical Society or Students with school ID: $11. Advanced purchase is required, and seating is very limited. Proceeds from the event directly support JLMH’s educational programming and site preservation. Refreshments will be served! Please call 919-833-3431 with your credit card, mail a check to Joel Lane Museum House, P O Box 10884, Raleigh, NC 27605, or go to the Eventbrite web site. Be sure to include the names of all in your party; nametags will serve as tickets. Tickets are non-refundable unless we must cancel the event.

Contact Information: phone: (919) 833-3431; email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Belle Long is the former Director of the Joel Lane Museum House who retired in 2016. She has an MBA from the University of Virginia and her BA from Duke University. Her passion for history was for many years an avocation, then her vocation, and is once again an avocation.


NEW LOCATION! Lecture: “Isaac Hunter and His Tavern” by Belle Long
NEW LOCATION! Lecture: “Isaac Hunter and His Tavern” by Belle Long
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What visitors say

Thank you for the excellent tour of the Joel Lane House.  I learned a lot about the history of Raleigh as well as the Joel Lane House.  I learned how harsh conditions were back then and how we take for granted things they did not have back then.  The structure of houses has really changed a lot since the Joel Lane House was built.