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Lecture on “Carolina Cottage: A Personal History of the House of Joseph Lane (Joel’s brother)”

when: Oct. 21, 2010

The Joel Lane Museum House was proud to present a lecture by M. Ruth Little on “Carolina Cottage: A Personal History of the House of Joseph Lane (Joel’s brother)” at 7 pm on Thursday, October 21, 2010 in the Visitors Center at 160 South Saint Mary’s Street, Raleigh, NC 27603. Admission was $15 for the general public and $10 for members of the Joel Lane Historical Society. Refreshments were served. Seating was limited, and advanced payment was strongly recommended. Please call 919-833-3431 with your MasterCard or Visa, or mail a check to P O Box 10884, Raleigh NC 27605. You needed to include the names of all in your party; nametags served as tickets. Tickets were non-refundable unless we canceled the event.

Ruth Little saved Joseph Lane’s house, built in 1775, by purchasing it for $1 from Preservation North Carolina in 1980. She moved it from where Regency Park now is in Cary to its current location in west Raleigh and did a complete restoration. She lived in the house for a number of years before she sold it to a young couple with children who now occupy it. Her book by the same title was published by the University of Virginia Press in fall 2010. She describes it as “emotional and popular” in focus, “a memoir/architectural history about the life of the house, other houses like it all over North and South Carolina, and [her] own rescue of the house and the few years [she] lived in it.” We had signed copies of the book available for sale.

M. Ruth Little has been studying North Carolina’s built environment since 1972, as a staff person at the State Historic Preservation Office, as a consultant, as an author, and teacher. She has an M.A. in art history from Brown University and a Ph.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill. Ruth has written seven books on N. C., including “Sticks and Stones: Three Centuries of N. C. Gravemarkers,” “Coastal Plain and Fancy: The Historic Architecture of Kinston and Lenoir County,” and “The Town and Gown Architecture of Chapel Hill.” She has operated a consulting firm, Longleaf Historic Resources, since 1990. In addition to consulting and writing, she is a practicing artist, often painting views of the old buildings that she studies.

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Dear Mrs. Mitchell,
You did some good explaining. Now I get what you were saying about that stuff in the house and the kitchen. That fruit in the tree I didn’t get none but people said it was good.