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Drayton Hall

Address: 3380 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414
Phone Number: 843-769-2600
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Ranked #12 of 107 Attractions in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
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, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
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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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Our second trip to Drayton Hall Plantation was spurred by a free tour in January for Facebook friends of Drayton Hall. We have been before and found it to be one of our favorites of the many plantations and museum homes in Charleston. Our tour guide was excellent and explained very well the history of the house and the family... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Even though the day was not great weather-wise, we decided to go to Drayton Hall, and were really glad that we did. It is a lovely old (about 300 years) plantation that has never been renovated. The guide was extremely knowledgeable of the history of the seven generations of the Drayton family who have owned this property. So nice to... More 

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Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
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39 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Generations of one family, making additions and changes from the original structure that are witness to their ownership and period. The National Trust's has been diligent in its efforts to preserve the originality of the house. The house is empty of furnishings however the architectural elements are wonderfully explained making the house come alive. The grounds have their own distinctive... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

First, know that Drayton Hall is on my top five list of best American historical houses. That said, I was shocked when for the duration of the entire tour, our guide "Eric", used it as a platform to lamblast the "evils of Southern plantation owners" with regard to not only their "owning of and heinous treatment toward slaves", but also... More 

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Rutherfordton, North Carolina
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12 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Visiting Charleston's plantations is a must while visiting, Drayton Hall is no exception. Although the mansion is not renovated it is well preserved. The grounds are well taken care of and easy to walk around. The pond in front of the house has alligators so be careful and watch from a distance, as does the Ashley River to the rear... More 

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New York
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80 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Tour guide was great. The house itself in completely empty inside but the guide described it quite well. You can walk around the grounds and see the sights. They have a 30 minute add'l talk about slave life. Kids found it interesting/informative and wished it was longer. We didn't become a member but if you are a family of about... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed our time at Drayton Hall. The key to this old plantation is that it is in the stages of being preserved .......not renovated. This gives you a very true perspective of how it was when originaly occupied. I must state that I was a bit nervous when we climbed single file to the second floor, as I felt... More 

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clearwater fl
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

The home is one of the few unrestored plantation homes in the country. Step in and be transported back in time and view the original plaster work on the ceilings, and it's easy to imagine how prestigious this house must have been centuries ago. The guide was knowledgeable and took time to answer questions. Be sure to take time to... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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38 reviews 38 reviews
29 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We got the first tour from one of the best tour guides I’ve had, Betsy. She taught us about the house, land, slaves and the time period for over an hour and half. The house had zero furniture in it and looked like it would be for sale, unrestored and in original condition. It’s listed as a National Historic Landmark.... More 

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Thomson, Ga USA
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8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Went for the morning and had a great time. History and architecture buffs...this is for you. The staff are incredibly well trained and it's an exciting trip for all ages

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