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Drayton Hall

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Address: 3380 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414
Phone Number: +1 843-769-2600
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9:00 am - 3:30 am
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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
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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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A very good alternative to the larger plantations

The house is lovely and very interesting and the grounds are enjoyable to walk around. There is also a small gift shop.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Roanoke, Virginia

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Roanoke, Virginia
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The house is lovely and very interesting and the grounds are enjoyable to walk around. There is also a small gift shop.

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East Aurora, New York
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35 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I've never been on a tour like it. A historically significant structure left as its last occupants left it, not doctored up in any way. It was like stumbling upon an old ruin. A once lively mansion abandoned basically because the family descendants couldn't afford to keep it up any longer. There is a lot of empty space and peeling... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I became a member on my visit because the place is so phenomenal and important in American architectural history. I urge anyone interested in American history and historic homes to visit.

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1 Thank billandrhonda
Bellevue, Washington
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is just a bare bone house with nothing in it. For $21.00 it is just awful. I fully expected to hear a typical days chores for the help , etc. Basically you get to stare at bare, faded walls which have not been painted since 1880. If you're into paint from the 1800's this is the place for you.... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took the tour of this old plantation house. The tour guide was nice and offered a lot of information about the house, but it was an empty shell. No furniture, just an old shell of a house. The grounds, on the other hand, were impressive and were worth walking around to get a feel about how it was worked.... More 

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Looking to do something unlike anything else? Drayton hall is your place! The only plantation that has not been renovated, you get to see and almost even feel this 18th century home as you walk through its doors. Eerie yet magical. Tour guides name was Mack and you could tell that he was himself still in awe of what he... More 

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New York City, New York
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23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Drayton Hall is unlike any other historic home. It emphasizes preservation over restoration - the house is empty and kept in the state it was almost since it was built. On the tour we learned about the way the hall was used in its early incarnations and about how this family fit into the history of Charleston. The absence of... More 

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3 Thank Ashira L
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25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A lovely plantation on the Ashley River - so lovely in fact that my now husband proposed to me there! Lovely grounds and gardens, the house is empty and not restored, but instead preserved so visitors can see a more historically accurate viewpoint of the plantation.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is my favorite of the plantations located in Charleston open to the public. You aren't hurried when taking a tour and I LOVE LOVE LOVE how they have kept it original and haven't modernized it. There are a few hiking trails around the plantation and scenery galore. If you catch it just right you can get a great shot... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I for one preferred Drayton Hall over the other plantations. I know other reviewers felt Drayton Hall was run down compared to other Ashley River plantations. Having a love of history I appreciated their preservative rather that restorative approach to maintaining the plantation. The layout and fixtures were as they were when the Plantation House was built As we toured... More 

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