The Joel Lane Museum House, “The Birthplace of Raleigh,” will sponsor its 26th annual Independence Day Open House on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 from 11:00 am to 4 p.m. Admission is free, and donations are welcomed. The house will be open and staffed by costumed docents who will discuss the rooms and life in the 18th c. On the grounds, living historians will demonstrate various aspects of colonial life, and visitors will be able to participate in hands-on activities such as writing with a quill pen and making rag dolls. There will be old-fashioned crafts and games for the children and free lemonade for all. The garden in its full summer glory will also be on view. In addition to outdoor activities, the 1769 plantation manor house, the circa 1790 “kitchen” building, and the Visitors Center and Museum Store will be open.