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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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Hours:
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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I love this place! I am blessed to have recently moved to the area and am visiting the plantations twenty years after my first visit. This place is a joy!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Corbin, Kentucky
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Corbin, Kentucky
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

I love this place! I am blessed to have recently moved to the area and am visiting the plantations twenty years after my first visit. This place is a joy!

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Johnstown, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

What a joy and sense of place! How wonderful to see an historic home preserved but not restored....right down to the children's growth charts on the wall as well as the original paint from the late 1700's.

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Manchester, Michigan, United States
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15 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

I am a fan of old houses and estates and have toured quite a few. Drayton Hall ranks in the top tier of my favorites. I have never been in a historic home preserved so close to it's original state. I am so happy the caretakers of this estate have opted for preservation vs. restoration. To see the height markings... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed the house tour, it was very informative and seeing the house as it was 250 years ago is a real treat. I would recommend a visit to Drayton Hall for anyone interested in the history of Charleston.

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Isle of Palms, South Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This is another of the three plantations on the Ashley River Rd. It is owned by the National Trust and has been painstakingly protected. History buffs will enjoy this tour and there are also additional activities one can enjoy at this beautiful plantation.

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Columbus, Ohio
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98 reviews 98 reviews
16 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed our tour of Drayton Hall. Our Guide has been with them for over 14 years and very well informed on the house history of the families who owned it. So much information was given in such a short time. Loved that at one point we could see the original 300 year old paint still in place. We... More 

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Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

As one of the few pre-civil war buildings still standing, it is well worth visiting. It is not furnished and some work has been done to secure the structure, not restore it. So, the walls/paint, floorboards, ceilings/plaster work, ornate fireplaces, windows/shutters, etc.. are authentic. Our guide was Peggy and we enjoyed her tour. She is very knowledgeable. She provided insight... More 

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Edmond, Oklahoma
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

This plantation survived the Civil war. If you are looking for furniture there is none. This is a historical site. Our tour guide called it a controlled ruin. If you love architecture and history this is great as it is original as you can find across the U.S. I feel lucky to have seen this in my lifetime.

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Richmond, Virginia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

This is amazing for the little bit of work they have done besides stabilize the house in how good of a condition the home is. We were very impressed. This is a big house and you feel like it could be moved in with a few weeks of work

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glorious Midwest
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015 NEW

First I must mention the excellent docent tour, which started with the African American experience prior to touring the house. The unrestored but preserved site gives an authentic experience, free of any Gone With the Wind-style overlay. Very beautiful, evocative, and also difficult landscape--difficult in that the history of slavery is palpable. The house itself is devoid of furnishings, of... More 

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