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Historic Oakwood, Raleigh

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Historic Oakwood is a neighborhood in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, United States, on the National Register of Historic Places, and known for its Historic Oakwood Cemetery, its many Victorian houses and its location close to the Mordecai Plantation Manor. Located near the Governor's Mansion and the State Capitol, during the 19th century Historic Oakwood was home to prominent members of Raleigh's society. It is Raleigh's earliest white middle-class suburb, and unlike later suburbs, it developed lot-by-lot over time, instead of by platted sections. Its Victorian-era architectural styles include Second Empire, Queen Anne, and Italianate. Later infill brought the bungalow, the American Foursquare, American Craftsman style, and the Minimal Traditional house to the area.Oakwood is also known for its Christmas Candlelight Tour, which opens private historic residences to the public, and the Garden Tour, which allows the public to see the vast gardens worked on by the Oakwood Gardening Club.Oakwood was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, with additions made in 1987, 1988, and 1989. It is also one of six local historic overlay districts (HOD). Several Oakwood residences are also individually recognized as Local Historic Landmarks.
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  • Before you start your tour, you can pick up a walking tour brochure at the Visitor Center or even download it online. The entire neighborhood is on the National Register of Historic Places. If you lik...  more »
  • Very nice historic homes, but the people there are so terribly pretentious and ridiculously snobby for the most part. Get over yourselves already.. lol  more »
  • Toured this area on foot on a nice fall afternoon. Lots of older well preserved homes around the Governors mansion. Toured the cemetery as well. Neat historical sites located within. Definitely worth ...  more »
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  • Beautiful area and the homes are a delight to look at. The annual Halloween trick or treat event is terrific.
  • A beautiful and historic neighborhood! Christmas tours are a great chance to see the inside of the homes.
  • Wonderful experience!
  • Awesome place. Some people are dying to go there.
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Staying downtown provides the most convenient access to Raleigh's leading attractions. You'll find a couple of large, efficient hotels here--they feature a large volume of beds. The area around the North Campus of North Carolina State University lies just west of downtown and features a handful of additional hotels. A cluster of national chain hotels and motels lies in the midtown area north of downtown. There are a couple of bus lines that provide easy access to downtown from here, so this area serves as a suitable option if you cannot find accommodation in the city center. The intersection of I-440 and Route 70 to the northwest of downtown features numerous hotels and motels, but these largely cater to business travelers who require convenient access to both downtown and the airport.
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