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Drayton Hall

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Address: 3380 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414
Phone Number: +1 843-769-2600
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11:00 am - 3:30 am
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Sun 11:00 am - 3:30 am
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 3:30 am
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Circa 1738, Drayton Hall is the oldest unrestored plantation house in...
Circa 1738, Drayton Hall is the oldest unrestored plantation house in America still open to the public.
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Unique historic plantatipn

We were astonished as we were led into the main entry of Drayton Hall. I have visited many historic homes, but never saw one like this. They have purposefully left the house "as... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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New York City, New York
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83 reviews 83 reviews
28 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

We were astonished as we were led into the main entry of Drayton Hall. I have visited many historic homes, but never saw one like this. They have purposefully left the house "as is," without furnishings or restoration. It bears witness to over two centuries of changes and evolution. A must-see in my opinion. Our tour guide Betsy was extremely... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Very interesting to see it not restored but in it's original condition. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and provided answers to all the question asked, about the family that lived there and life in the 19 century. The cost of a pass was well worth the experience. Great for all from history buffs to the curious.

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Morristown, New Jersey
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

The family had the foresight not to add any running water or electricity over the years. They preserved the house as it was built to teach their children, grandchildren and now us what life was really like in the 19th century. This is living history at its' best!

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Rose Hill
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This house is an example of the preservation process rather than restoration of the period homes. The tour guide provided great history of the house and if you enjoy seeing the older homes this will not disappoint.

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Charleston
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64 reviews 64 reviews
16 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Drayton Hall has been preserved, not restored. You will see a house as it was built, no water or electricity. The architecture is spectacular and the grounds equal it

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Atlanta, Georgia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

This location was highly rated online among the ~ 4 major tour-able plantations. It was also about the closest to Charleston. The tour and grounds were quite interesting, but you should know in advance what you are getting. This place is basically the original house; it has no furnishings and it being maintained in the state in which the preservation... More 

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Lewiston, New York
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6 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

We were here over 10 years ago and came back with my mom- Since our first visit they have found pictures of the site that changes how it looked over 200 years ago (quite an interesting story). There are some new issues with the porches that are going through a rebuild, though it doesn't adversely impact the tour. They are... More 

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Dallas
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Be prepared for NO Air Conditioning, except in the Gift Shop- Thank goodness for that! They advertise that this is a STABILIZED PRESERVATION PROJECT, NOT a restored project, so believe them and DO NOT WHINE about the fact it is not all full of furniture and fancied up! We so appreciated seeing the empty rooms and focusing on the architecture... More 

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23 reviews 23 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

This home is unique because it was not restored to its original state; it has been preserved. You can see the exceptional craftsmanship of the enslaved. The grounds are beautiful. I was able to image life back during the late 1800.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

We visited Drayton Hall in May 2015. It was nice, but if I had to choose between this and one of the other plantations, I would definitely choose another one. Before we visited this house we took the tour of the Aiken-Rhett house which was AWESOME. This house is along the same lines as that (it is preserved, not refinished).... More 

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Additional Information about Drayton Hall

Address: Address: 3380 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414
Phone Number: +1 843-769-2600
Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 3:30 am
Monday 9:00 am - 3:30 am
Tuesday 9:00 am - 3:30 am
Wednesday 9:00 am - 3:30 am
Thursday 9:00 am - 3:30 am
Friday 9:00 am - 3:30 am
Saturday 9:00 am - 3:30 am

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