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Drayton Hall

Address: 3380 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414
Phone Number: 843-769-2600
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Ranked #11 of 204 things to do in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic sites, Gardens, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
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, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
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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Buena Vista, Virginia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Having been to Magnolia Plantation, this is anything but!!! It is a beautiful home, preserved, not restored. Our guide, Peggy, was so informative, and loved having questions asked!!!! The grounds and the home were beautiful. Short tour - plan on 2.5 hours for the self-guided, and guided tours.

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Dodge City, KS
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

I enjoyed immensely our tour by a very knowledgeable guide. It's fascinating how this structure has survived intact through decades of strife in the south. The tour guide told an interesting description of their preservation efforts.

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We picked the coldest day of the week to go, but to me it was worth it because I am a history buff! Our tour guide told some history of the house that I didn't know about, and answered questions from tourists. The foundation of the house is crumbling, so you have to be careful where you walk. I would... More 

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Telford, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

My wife and I, both history enthusiasts, visited Drayton Hall this week. The site itself has much to offer but the Drayton's tour guide through the house, was extremely disappointing. Jennifer, the guide, lacked any enthusiasm and did not share much history of the place or architectural information. We look forward to learning the human side of the site and... More 

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6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This plantation was very different from all the other homes we visited. By the way, purchase the passport from the visitor's center and save a lot of money! This home was still mainly intact and well preserved. It has a lot of wood trim and beautiful plaster ceilings. Our guide was friendly enough but needed to be more excited about... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

It was amazing to walk back into history and actually see a building over 300 years old with original paint. This building is being preserved, not restored. They are preserving it in it's original state. The view from the river is post card worthy.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great to see a structure so well maintained. Original architecture is beautiful to see. Don't be disappointed by the lack of period furnishings. It's the structure and the story behind the property that's more interesting.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I found the history interesting, but it is a pretty small house tour. Would have preferred a grander home.

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Sweetwater, Tennessee
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Ok...I'm a bit of a history geek. To me, history is something you can touch, something you can feel both physically and emotionally. Drayton Hall is absolutely amazing. My wife wanted to go here, I knew nothing about the place. Peggy, who was our tour guide, was fantastic! The architecture is outstanding. The grounds are outstanding. The most impressive thing... More 

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Traverse City, Michigan
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41 reviews 41 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We had an excellent tour guide who covered the special tour of the basement as well as the routine tour. We walked away knowing so much more of life at that time.

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