The Joel Lane house, located in Raleigh, was where the decision as to where to locate the state's capitol building was made. The home, built in 1760, was home to Joel Lane's family. Lane was born in Halifax County to parents who had emigrated from England. He served in the General Assembly and in 1770 introduced a bill that created Wake County. Following independence, the state legislature decided to locate the state's capital in Wake County. Lane hosted the nine-member committee whose job was to decide where in Wake County to place the capital. After an amusing night of entertainment in the Lane house, the committee decided to buy 1,000 acres of property that belonged to Joel Lane. This property became the site of North Carolina's capital. The home was bought by the Wake County of Colonial Dames in 1927. They began a major renovation project on the home in 1968 and the house was opened to the public in 1976.