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Address: 3380 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414
Phone Number: +1 843-769-2600
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Sun 11:00 am - 3:30 am
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 3:30 am
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Circa 1738, Drayton Hall is the oldest unrestored plantation house in...
Circa 1738, Drayton Hall is the oldest unrestored plantation house in America still open to the public.
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Drayton Hall

This plantation has so much interesting history behind it. It withstood the Civil War. The architecture is beautiful and the grounds are too.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
JULIAN M
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GREENSBORO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This plantation has so much interesting history behind it. It withstood the Civil War. The architecture is beautiful and the grounds are too.

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Waycross, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We spent a wonderful afternoon touring the house and grounds. It was every bit as beautiful as I expected it to be.

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South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

At present they are doing a preservation to the front portico, this gave us a better understanding of a preservation verses a restoration. Once you understand the difference....the beauty is mind-blowing!!!!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

One more empty promise of historical beauty as was MagNOlia Plantation. Seriously the South has much more beautiful mansions to offer visitors.

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Seabrook Island, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

The best selling point for why if you are only going to one plantation in Charleston is Drayton Hall is the original structure that has existed for over 200 years. My wife and I toured it today and was amazed. Our tour guide had incredible knowledge not just about Drayton but about plantation life, Charleston history both then and now.... More 

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Jellyblush
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Well if you are interested in house restoration you might like it. If you want to know what life was like on a plantation, as we aussie visitors did, it has nothing for you. We visited the slave cemetary and the "recollections" presentation and had a very dry presentation on the architecture of the house during a tour. However we... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Since I began writing reviews for Tripadvisor in 2012, I've always been amazed by the approach some critics take to historic treasures like Drayton Hall. "It's an old house in a sad state of disrepair," one wrote. We've visited Drayton Hall on the Ashley River near Charleston, South Carolina, on a few occasions and never had the feeling that it... More 

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

I love old houses and American architecture in general, so Drayton Hall had always been on my list. I had heard of this home in passing in Virginia, but was luckily enough to tour it for myself when visiting South Carolina. As hot as it was outdoors and inside, the home itself was a great experience. It's such a rare... More 

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Cape Town
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Drayton Hall was described to me as a "historic treasure" and an "American icon" by a Charleston local, and the promotional literature tends to support this view. Are you kidding me? It's a old house in a sad state of disrepair. That's it. Yes, there's history. Yes, there's heritage. But none of this justifies the cost and effort of visiting... More 

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Safety Harbor, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

I toured a large number of historic homes on this trip to Charleston and, interestingly enough, this was one of my favorites. Do not expect to see a restored home. This is not their goal and it will never have a/c or lighting but I loved the layout of this home and our guide was full of information. There is... More 

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