Historic Raleigh home loses to 'Mayberry' for award

Posted December 5, 2008 1:05 p.m. EST
Updated December 5, 2008 3:31 p.m. EST

— The Joel Lane Museum House in Raleigh lost out in a competition to be North Carolina's All-American Landmark.

Online voters picked the Old City Jail in Mount Airy as the state's winner for Hampton Hotels' Save-A-Landmark Program. The site served as a real jail for the city and then as a courthouse seat for "The Andy Griffith Show."

It will get a day of volunteer service from employees of Hampton Inn.

The Joel Lane Museum House was built in the early 1770s by a man, sometimes referred to as the father of Raleigh. Long sold 1,000 acres to the state in 1792 on which to build the capital city and, as a state senator, introduced a bill to create Wake County.

The home is the oldest surviving house in Raleigh and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The National Society of Colonial Dames of America in North Carolina own it.