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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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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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  • Oakwood is my FAVE district in Raleigh. It is like stepping back in time, you can almost see ladies in their long dresses, and gentlemen in their top hats. Christmas time offers lovely candlelight tou...  more »
  • It is a walk through neighborhood with a mixed bag of historic houses. Some are really fine and dandy and in very good restored conditions. Some are flea bags waiting to be restored or demolished. The...  more »
  • The annual celebration of the arts in Historic Oakwood is organized by a group of women artists/artisans, intellectuals and philanthropists with an intense dedication to art, the community, and chosen...  more »
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  • A beautiful and historic neighborhood! Christmas tours are a great chance to see the inside of the homes.
  • Awesome place. Some people are dying to go there.
  • My best friend is resting here it's always clean and always beautiful long live joel
  • The tours are really informative and worth while
  • I've been buried here for about 65 years. Great place to rest. I don't have any drainage issues because I am on the highest point of the cemetery. I am related to the Robert E. Lee family - come by and visit.