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Drayton Hall

Address: 3380 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414
Phone Number: 843-769-2600
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Ranked #10 of 98 Attractions in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens, Cultural
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, Cultural
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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Moulton, AL.
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40 reviews 40 reviews
15 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

Drayton Hall is a 1742 plantation mansion on a former rice plantation about six miles outside of Charleston. This property is preserved, not restored, meaning it here has been little modernization during its two and one half centuries. No electrification, no plumbing, etc. most interiors have had a total of three coats of paint. This is a good chance to... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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47 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

This is a large and impressive house from the outside, on a scenic piece of land. The admission price of $20 per person is reasonable. The house is in its original state when the family left it, so there is no furniture. They have preserved it, did not restore it. Much of the tour is focused on the preservation efforts... More 

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worcestershire
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42 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

Visited Drayton Hall when we realised Middleton Place was going to cost over $40 each and we had limited time! We really enjoyed our visit and our tour around the house with Eric was really interesting. I guess it isn't like most 'plantation houses' given it's empty insides but it was a fascinating insight and well worth our time and... More 

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draper, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 NEW

Coming from the west I was very interested in seeing plantations. The reason I loved this is because it is original. You get to walk into the home see original ceilings, floors, painting, fireplaces etc. This is the only one that is like that. Every other one has been rebuilt. They all are great, but if you really want to... More 

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Vienna
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Because of the well trained guide we enjoyed the tour enormously. Grounds and history are impressive. The main house is empty and definitely not what one would expect when visiting a plantation home. But that’s why taking a tour is necessary: to learn why the main house is kept more or less in it’s original condition. I can’t remember the... More 

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Drayton Hall is preserved, but not retored. that means you see the mansion has it is and not made up to look like a particular time in the past. The tuor was part of the Passport (great deal) that we purchased at the Visitors Center.

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Hanover, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Our group only visited the grounds and did not do the house tour. I would have liked to have seen the house, but the people I was with opted out. The grounds are lovely, as is the house (from the outside). There are two self-guided walking tours of the grounds. One takes visitors around the outside of the house and... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Drayton Hall is a spectacular place to visit. The docents are extremely knowledgeable and make the tour very interesting! I have visited Drayton Hall several times and have never been disappointed.

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Wayne, Pennsylvania
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is a great place to see how houses really looked before the restorers get hold of them. Peggy, our tour guide, was very informative and interesting. It is well worth the time.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Really enjoyed this trip. Like others mentioned, the house is unfurnished but this actually adds to the trip (for us anyway). You get to see the original house without the distraction of furniture. For our family (who lived/worked in Guyana for 3 years) seeing the Guyanese mahogany that is part of the woodwork was a personal touch.

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