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Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Joel Lane

1740 - 1795

 
 
Joel Lane Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
1. Joel Lane Marker
Joel Lane built his home in the early 1770’s in what was a very rural part of North Carolina. He is called “The Father of Raleigh” because he facilitated the location of North Carolina’s capital city on his land in 1792.
Inscription.
A well-born NC planter,
Lane was a sheriff, assemblyman
and Lt. Col. in the militia.
He held public offices during and
after the war including
State Senator and Constitutional
Commission member.

 
Erected by Stone placed by Mary R. and Howard J. Morrison, Jr.
 
Location. 32° 4.552′ N, 81° 6.033′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker can be reached from Martin Luther King Boulevard (West Broad Street). Touch for map. Located between Louisville Road and West Harris Street (Between Savannah Visitor Center and Savannah Roundhouse Museum, in the Battlefield Memorial Park). Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Joseph Brandt (here, next to this marker); Major General Anthony Wayne (here, next to this marker); Charles Pidcock (here, next to this marker); Lt. Ambrose Gordon (here, next to this marker); Lt. Col John Harris Cruger (here, next to this marker); Col. John Jones (here, next to this marker); Robert Morris (here, next to this marker); Lt Joseph Lawton (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
 
Regarding Joel Lane.
Joel Lane Marker located at the Memorial To The American Revolution image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
2. Joel Lane Marker located at the Memorial To The American Revolution
In 1770, as a member of the colonial General Assembly, Lane successfully lobbied to create Wake County, then a sparsely settled wilderness. He named the county Wake in honor of Margaret Wake, wife of colonial Governor William Tryon. The following year, Wake’s first county court is believed to have convened at his house. Lane was appointed a member of the court, a position he held until his death. During the Revolutionary War, Lane's manor plantation was the site of important government meetings, both formal and informal. In 1776, Lane hosted the colony Council of Safety; the following year, he obtained a license for a small ordinary, or inn. From May to June 1781, Lane’s property was the setting for a session of the state General Assembly. Lane served in the state Senate in 11 of the 14 sessions from 1782 to 1794; he was also a delegate to the 1789 convention in Halifax that ratified the U.S. Constitution.
(Excerpt National Park Service, Joel Lane House)
 
Categories. Notable Persons
 
Joel Lane Marker in the Battlefield Memorial Park image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
3. Joel Lane Marker in the Battlefield Memorial Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 25, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 293 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 25, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   3. submitted on March 26, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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