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Drayton Hall

Address: 3380 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414
Phone Number: 843-769-2600
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Ranked #13 of 108 Attractions in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: This Georgian-Palladian gem, built in 1738, is America's oldest plantation house open to the public.
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Type: Historic Sites, Gardens, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Owner description: This Georgian-Palladian gem, built in 1738, is America's oldest plantation house open to the public.

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New York
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79 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Tour guide was great. The house itself in completely empty inside but the guide described it quite well. You can walk around the grounds and see the sights. They have a 30 minute add'l talk about slave life. Kids found it interesting/informative and wished it was longer. We didn't become a member but if you are a family of about... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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56 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed our time at Drayton Hall. The key to this old plantation is that it is in the stages of being preserved .......not renovated. This gives you a very true perspective of how it was when originaly occupied. I must state that I was a bit nervous when we climbed single file to the second floor, as I felt... More 

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clearwater fl
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9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

The home is one of the few unrestored plantation homes in the country. Step in and be transported back in time and view the original plaster work on the ceilings, and it's easy to imagine how prestigious this house must have been centuries ago. The guide was knowledgeable and took time to answer questions. Be sure to take time to... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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38 reviews 38 reviews
29 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

We got the first tour from one of the best tour guides I’ve had, Betsy. She taught us about the house, land, slaves and the time period for over an hour and half. The house had zero furniture in it and looked like it would be for sale, unrestored and in original condition. It’s listed as a National Historic Landmark.... More 

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Thomson, Ga USA
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Went for the morning and had a great time. History and architecture buffs...this is for you. The staff are incredibly well trained and it's an exciting trip for all ages

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Fleetwood, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

This place shows the true historic picture of a plantation. There is a burial ground for slaves there also. Good tours.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Drayton Hall is a beautiful piece of raw history. The house is unrestored, unlike many of the other plantation homes in the area. Our tour guide was great, you could tell he loves his job and answered any question you could think of. The reflection pond is a nice touch and there are so many great photo-ops. The grounds are... More 

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Ancaster, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

While in Charleston we had the choice to visit Magnolia Plantation or Drayton Hall Plantation. We had heard from several people that Magnolia although the grounds were beautiful, would take all day to cover the entire area and there were additional charges to the admission fee to see and use other attractions on the property. We had heard from several... More 

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Superior, CO
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21 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I am so glad our family of four (including young son in wheelchair) visited Drayton Hall. The house has been unrestored, so we are afforded a fantastic and fascinating insight into the "days of old." Our tour guide (whose name I've forgotten but was a darling blonde) was simply terrific and informative. In addition to our two children there were... More 

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Leiden, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Despite the rain, we had a great visit to Drayton Hall. The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the history of the house. We would have toured the grounds and the African American cemetery, but the rain was heavy so we didn't.

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