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Drayton Hall

3380 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414
843-769-2600
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Ranked #13 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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Baltimore, Maryland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

I started second guessing my décision to visit Drayton Hall when we were on thé bus. We visited thé plantation through a tour company. Once on thé bus, we were thé only couple visiting Drayton Hall. Everyone else was headed to either Magnolia or Middleton. Drayton Hall is as it was. It is a plantation that is being PRESERVED, not... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
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44 reviews 44 reviews
22 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

There are several plantations owned by famous people throughout the area. The gardens of Magnolia are wonderful. The priceless artifacts and gardens in Middleton are inspiring. However, there are none of them that quite compare to Drayton Hall, for history. The other plantations have been repaired over the years. They have been painted, refurbished, and or fixed up as the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
7 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

I was so pleased we chose to go to Drayton Hall - it will be one of the abiding memories of my trip to Charleston. Set on the banks of the river, with beautiful grounds this house is a time capsule that allows you to imagine life in times gone by. I would definitely recommend it.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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64 reviews 64 reviews
28 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

If you only have time to visit one plantation, put Drayton Hall on your list as the one to visit. The plantation is beautiful. We paid to have two tours. I highly recommend the house tour since you can not go inside without a guide. The house is beautifully preserved and without adding period furniture, you can really truly appreciate... More

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Baltimore, MD
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37 reviews 37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

It's interesting to see a preserved plantation house, rather than one that's fully restored. Without the furnishings, you can appreciate all of the intricate details of the house. The guide was excellent - informative and interesting, and the pace of the tour was just right. You're invited to explore the grounds on your own, and we just wish we had... More

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I love Drayton Hall. It is not the typical plantation with the plush gardens and furnished house. It is a wonderful display of architecture and history, though. You get to hear the whole story behind the house and how it faired in the different roles it played. I learned so much listening to the stories about the family and the... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

This was worth the stop the house woodwork is very interesting. The guide was excellent and did a good job of telling the history of the property from a neutral perspective.

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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109 reviews 109 reviews
27 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We had a wonderful trip to Charleston SC. Drayton Hall was one of several places we stopped. This one stood out because of the extremely well guided tour and that they left the Homes as they got it. Preservation is sometimes better then restoration.

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Seattle, WA
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40 reviews 40 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This was a great tour for the history. While most of the home is under preservation, it was interesting to hear how certain designs in some rooms indicated your social status. Whether you were a very important guest or not. Loved that the family still marks the growth chart in the doorway! Would have loved to seen it with original... More

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DraytonHall, Public Relations Manager at Drayton Hall, responded to this review

Thank you for becoming a Friend of Drayton Hall! As a Friend, you are able to visit Drayton Hall throughout the year for no additional cost and can bring four guests along with you. You will also receive discounts to National Trust sites across the country. Thanks for your support and sharing photos from your recent visit. More

Charlotte, North Carolina
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90 reviews 90 reviews
29 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

After doing research on the 3 Ashley River plantations near Charleston we chose Drayton Hall since it is not a tourist attraction and it is the only home that survived the Civil War and is left as is and therefore an authentic historic site. The architecture style, when built, was ahead of its' time and when you see the paintings... More

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DraytonHall, Public Relations Manager at Drayton Hall, responded to this review

Wow! Thank you for the wonderful review. We will pass your kind words along to our interpreters and museum shop staff. "Authentic" is a word we hear a lot to describe Drayton Hall. It is very rewarding to hear from guests who appreciate Drayton Hall’s preservation method. Thank you for the review and we hope to see you again! More

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