Joel Lane Museum House, at 160 South Saint Mary’s Street, Raleigh, is a heritage site that is owned today by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of North Carolina.
The Joel Lane House was built in 1769. Joel Lane facilitated the location of North Carolina’s capital city on his land in 1792.
The Joel Lane Museum House brings American and North Carolina history to life, emphasizing the life and times of Colonel Joel Lane, his family, and enslaved workers.
Check the Joel Lane Museum House website for hours and prices of tours.
Here is one upcoming free event. Please note that it takes place off-site, at the North Carolina Museum of History.
Under the Skin: Looking at Historic Paints under the Microscope with Susan Buck
Thursday, September 15th, 2022
7 to 8 p.m.
North Carolina Museum of History
5 East Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC
Free, but a donation of $20 is suggested. Registration required.
Come learn about paint analysis and historic preservation!
Many of us look at historic buildings and wonder what they looked like when they were first built. Paint analysis can provide important insights into original colors and finishes, and sometimes into original configurations. Highly magnified images of tiny samples taken from architecture, art and decorative arts materials offer substantive information about original decorations, and how they might have discolored and degraded over time.
Using paint archaeology these “cross-section” samples can also reveal how architecture and objects have been deliberately altered or accidentally compromised. There is so much more to learn about every possible form of art using reflected and transmitted light cross-section microscopy analysis techniques, and the brilliant images generated through the microscope can become their own form of art.
This lecture will discuss how optical microscopy analysis has provided information about early exterior paints at the Joel Lane House, and about interior and exterior paints at other historic sites including Monticello, Mount Vernon, and the Owens-Thomas House in Savannah, Georgia.