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Drayton Hall

3380 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414
843-769-2600
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Ranked #12 of 104 attractions in Charleston
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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Seattle, Washington
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103 reviews 103 reviews
37 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

This visit was such an interesting look at a lovely home begun in 1738, well before the American Revolution, and occupied by seven generations of the same family. The fact that it survives in nearly original condition makes walking through it one of the best and most interesting tours. This beautiful house has witnessed the scope of American history from... More

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West Bend, WI
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

I love history, and old architecture. This home tour provided both. I don't remember the name of our guide, but he made mention of being a former New York ad man. His love of the house and its history and features was very evident. Although I love seeing the homes that are furnished and restored to a certain period, I... More

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Lumberton, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

I absolutely love History. So this place fit the bill. It amazes me that I can stand in a building that is over 200 years old. The home has many things that will make you shake your head in amazement. The ponds are extraordinarily beautiful. I was awestruck during my visit.

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Pasadena, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

The main draw of Drayton Hall is that it's preserved and not restored. It's based on preference if you would rather see it if it wasn't restored or if you would like to see it all done up! Overall, I thought the tour was underwhelming as there wasn't anything you haven't heard before if you've been to other plantations already,... More

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Los Angeles
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

We thought that both the tour of the house and the connections talk was very well done and worth the money.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

The hall interior and exterior has hardly changed since it's heyday and it provides a window into the lifestyle of the plantation owners. It is not furnished as preservation is in progress but we saw some of the original furniture in Williamsburg later on our tour. The gardens are laid out in a "Capability Brown Style" open landscape and provide... More

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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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41 reviews 41 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

If you can visit only one plantation house in the Charleston Low Country, Drayton Hall should be the one. Built in the early 18th century, it has remained largely unaltered and is shown as is, without furnishings by guided tour. Our guide was outstanding, knowledgeable and well spoken, never using the phrases "you know" or "you guys" on a tour... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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67 reviews 67 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Only 15 minutes from the Airport - this is a National Historic Trust Preservation site -i.e. they are trying to make is as much like as it was "found" and not restore with paint, furniture, art, etc. The story is excellent - our Docent did a fine job explaining the history and the building. Grounds are beautiful, but again preserved... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

It was nice to see the home nearly in its original structure. I appreciated that. While sometimes it is great to see a historic home restored to a particular era, loved seeing the simplicity of this home. The grounds were lovely, even though we were there in March. The tour guides were very good and knowledgeable.

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Pasadena, California
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22 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

If you are visiting the Charleston plantations, go to Drayton Hall for your history lessons and then go to Magnolia to see the gardens. Buy the Drayton Hall/Magnolia Plantation combo ticket online on the Drayton Hall website. You can see both sites in one day; they are located right down the road from each other,and the online ticket gives you... More

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