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  • The Davenport Homestead: See what everyday life was like over 200 years ago at the Davenport Homestead. The main house is the original home of Washington County's first state senator, Daniel Davenport.
  • Catawba County Museum of History: Visit the museum and see exhibits ranging from colonial times and the Revolutionary War to religion and education.
  • Historic Oak View County Park: This nineteenth century farmstead has been made into a county park and is devoted to interpreting the area's agricultural and rural heritage for the citizens of Wake County.

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The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of North Carolina own four museum properties. One of these is the Joel Lane House. The little home was built "on a knoll overlooking the future city of Raleigh. It was the center of many historic gatherings; the gracious hospitality within its walls witnessed the birth and growth of the capital of North Carolina." The grounds include a detached kitchen, a formal city garden, and a period herb garden.

Joel Lane is known as the “Father of Wake County”. He sold 1,100 acres of his land to the state in 1792 for the creation of Wake County and the capital city of Raleigh.

To arrange a visit to the Joel Lane Museum House, call (919) 833-3431.

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