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Learn more about Raleigh’s historic homes

Raleigh is home to over 100 spaces on the National Register of Historic Places, including some historic + renovated spots folks still call home. Raleigh’s historic homes are plenty and full of interesting stories.

A yellow historic house with flags.

You might recognize the Heck-Wynne House today for its abundance of flags.

Photo by RALtoday

In a recent study by Assurance IQ, NC was identified as the state with the eighth most historic homes in the US with 3,108 houses on the National Register of Historic Places. Raleigh has 105 of them, and here are a handful.

The Heck-Wynne House, 511 E. Jones St. | Built in 1872 and purchased by the Wynne family in 1875, the Heck-Wynne House is one of three Second Empire style homes built in the area by Oakwood developer Jonathan M. Heck — thus, the appropriate name.

Joel Lane Museum House, 160 S. St. Mary’s St. | Learn about “the father of Raleigh and Wake County” in his 18th century home turned museum. Pro tip: Learn more about Raleigh’s oldest residence from your favorite City Editors.

Mordecai Historic House, 1 Mimosa St. | Built in 1785, Raleigh’s oldest house is still on its original foundation and is filled with more than 5,000 artifacts. Take a tour of the grounds on foot or travel through the City of Oaks on a historic trolley tour starting at the house.

Pope House Museum, 511 S. Wilmington St. | This home belonged to Dr. Manassa Thomas Pope, the only African American to run for mayor of a Southern capital (read: Raleigh) during the Jim Crow era. This 20th century home and its 3,000 artifacts have been preserved for visitors and is only a few blocks away from the NC State Capitol.

Itching to learn more about Raleigh’s history? Check out our stories about Raleigh’s street names, the first building in the US for the higher education of Black women, and the City of Oaks’ oldest and largest historic district.