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Drayton Hall

3380 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414
843-769-2600
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Ranked #12 of 106 attractions in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: This Georgian-Palladian gem, built in 1738, is America's oldest plantation house open to the public.
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Phoenix, Arizona
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We drove to this on the way to Charleston from Beaufort. The tour was very well done. We stayed and attended a good presentation on plantation slavery. We liked what they were doing so much we joined their preservation society. We actually got discounts on entry fees at other historical sites in Charleston because of this membership

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Ocean City, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

This was my 2nd trip to Drayton Hall. The first was over 20 years ago. This time I brought my husband and children, ages 9 and 13. Both kids are interested in history, but I was worried that I had "historied" them out, by the 5th day of vacation. That was not a concern, however, as our House Tour Guide,... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We loved the tour of this preserved (not restored) plantation home. The docent did an excellent job of helping us get to know the generations of the family that lived there as well as the enslaved people. Beautiful grounds on the Ashley River. As easy drive from Charleston.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

We chose Drayton Hall because we wanted a more authentic perspective than some others that had been remastered. The house/grounds were well preserved and the tour guide provided an interesting background on the plantation and it residents. Looking back I think I would have appreciated the "wow" factor of a remastered plantation over this well preserved one.

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Berkeley Heights, New Jersey
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

This is a perfect, frozen in time house/plantion...it belonged to the orginal family the Draytons..until it was sold to National Trust in 1974. If you think you are going to see a richly decorated plantation go to Magnolia or Middletown Plantations down the road. This is the shell of the original home. It was never burned down like the others... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

I am an architecture student who just studied in Rome, so I wanted to see Drayton Hall because it is one of the oldest pieces of architecture in the country. It was great that the house is kept in original condition. They only preserve it, not renovate it. Even the newest coat of paint is over 100 years old! The... More

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katcove
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I teach history and have been to MANY historic sites and seen my fair share of good, bad, and indifferent guides, but this older lady took the cake. She literally screamed at one of the younger members of our group when he sat on a bench installed FOR TOURIST TO SIT ON. She told him the benches were for adults.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Our tour guide was excellent and very knowledgeable about the Drayton Family. The property is very beautiful and I thought it was fascinating how they are working to preserve the home as it is. The carving work inside the home is incredible - It was like nothing I had ever seen before! Be sure to check the tour times. Unfortunately,... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 via mobile

We went first thing in the morning to pair this with a day at. Middleton Park as well, which worked out nicely. The grounds are gorgeous and the tour of this home, relatively untouched over nearly 300 years, was well done. Our guide was knowledgeable and we also sat for her Connections presentation on the experience of enslaved people.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

My husband and I visited Drayton Hall back in March. I am a lover of old houses, and this gem certainly didn't disappoint. The tour guide was excellent and lively, the home was astounding, and the grounds allowed for an hour or so of adventure. I loved taking this tour. Most historical homes are not preserved, and so I felt... More

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