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Address: 3380 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414
Phone Number: 843-769-2600
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Sun 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: This Georgian-Palladian gem, built in 1738, is America's oldest plantation...
This Georgian-Palladian gem, built in 1738, is America's oldest plantation house open to the public.
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Excellent house to visit

We almost missed this one. It is unfurnished so we thought it would not be as interesting as some of the other houses. Were we ever wrong. This house is the only one where you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Orlando, Florida
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41 reviews 41 reviews
23 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

We almost missed this one. It is unfurnished so we thought it would not be as interesting as some of the other houses. Were we ever wrong. This house is the only one where you can really appreciate the beautiful craftsmanship that went into the construction of these homes. The detailed wordwork is just amazing. And the staircase is simply... More 

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Fonthill, Ontario
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93 reviews 93 reviews
49 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed this house - nearly 300 years old and still for the most part original. Much different than your typical house tour as it is just the house and it's history, not stuffed with a time periods pieces like other places. Nice basis grounds, nothing too fancy, and a really great and informative tour. If you like history... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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29 reviews 29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Drayton hall is unique in that it has been preserved rather than restored. It's a beautiful building and has been kept largely in the state it was found. There are no furnishings or recreations of period furniture. The tour of the house took about 45 minutes. I can not speak to the grounds as it was pouring rain the day... More 

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York, Pennsylvania
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

While in Charleston my hubby & I wanted to visit a Plantation. After checking all the fancy brochures in the Visitors Center we chose Drayton Hall. This plantation is not fancy and there are no frills. What it is though is an untouched, family home. No furniture or fancy table settings, just a home in its original state. Although in... More 

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Sugar Land, Texas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
20 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

This house is not your typical plantation house. You experience the empty shell as was originally used. One of the very few to survive the civil war, if not the only one, it literally has been left "as is." The preservation is to keep it "original." The tour of the house was worth the trip, but there is not much... More 

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Colorado
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63 attraction reviews
138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 NEW

If you think you've seen them all, or that they are all too similar, you'll want to visit this one. It's different. For one thing, it's backward. The main doors do not face the river as is common or plantations. Also, it is pretty much empty inside, so you do not get distracted by the decoration, and can better appreciate... More 

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Newport News, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

My wife and I visited Drayton Hall and had a great time exploring the grounds and taking a tour of the home. A must see in my mind if you visit Charleston. The craftsmanship you will see in that home is long gone in todays era. Fantastic fireplaces and hand carved wood trim in everyone is worth the price to... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

An unrestored plantation owned by a historical trust. the guides really help you understand the life and times of plantation life and the role of slaves and their importance to the growth of the agrarian economy of the US.

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Clifton Park, New York
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78 attraction reviews
162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Tour guides can make or break a visit. Eric was great at his knowledge, delivery and humor. However, list price at $22 is pretty expensive for touring a building with no furniture and no gardens on the grounds. The history part of this site is interesting, but it is not on a par with great landmarks. With a coupon, it... More 

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

I visited Drayton Hall today, I managed to catch the last tour at 3:30pm. I had already visited Boone Hall which was amazing. I loved the calmness of Drayton, the grounds were beautiful. The house was interesting to see but I am not an avid history person so having a look around with maybe signs giving a brief explanation would... More 

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