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Address: 3380 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414
Phone Number: +1 843-769-2600
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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
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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Excellent historical visit.

Really honest and true example of a plantation house without frills and fuss. Good tour guide who was very informed.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Shanklin, United Kingdom
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Shanklin, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Really honest and true example of a plantation house without frills and fuss. Good tour guide who was very informed.

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Hershey, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

We were the last tour of the day and that may have been a big part of our experience. Our guide was not feeling well and had already done 4 tours before ours and it showed. The passion I heard from other guides in Charleston was missing. We weren't there during the twice daily interactive program and while the property... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

We had researched the plantations we wanted to visit while traveling to Charleston. My husband and I chose Drayton Hall because as we read up, we found it was the only plantation home that was being maintained in its original state. The home itself was magnificent! There were no furnishings to distract from the architecture within - its crown moldings,... More 

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Columbia, MD
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66 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

This is not a Gone With the Wind plantation house so if that is what you want you can skip Drayton Hall. Instead it is a view into life gone by, seeing the original finishes of an 18th Century plantation which has never been restored, has never had plumbing, heating, or electricity installed, and had been in the same family... More 

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Mt Joy
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

I visit Drayton Hall every year. I love the grounds and the old house. a must see while in Charleston

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DraytonHall, Public Relations Manager at Drayton Hall, responded to this review

Thank you! We're so glad you enjoyed your time here and hope you return soon. No two days at Drayton Hall are ever alike! More 

New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

This was not on our list of places to go, but after spending a fortune on a disappointing tour at Middleton Place and then learning it was a 2 hour wait for a tour of Magnolia we decided to come here on a whim and made the next tour with minutes to spare. We were so glad we gave it... More 

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DraytonHall, Public Relations Manager at Drayton Hall, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We feel that above all else, Drayton Hall is an authentic place, and we're glad that was apparent to you. People who enjoy beauty and authenticity keep coming back time and time again to see us, and we hope you'll do the same! More 

maryland
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37 reviews 37 reviews
4 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed this tour. Peggy was an excellent guide. We only did the house tour and walked around the grounds. This is not a "beautiful gardens" commercial tourist place. The home is owned by the National Trust and is being preserved as is. Fascinating to think about how they built this in the early 1700's and that it is... More 

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DraytonHall, Public Relations Manager at Drayton Hall, responded to this review

Kim- We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit to Drayton Hall and our preservation method. Through our ongoing research and archaeology, we continue to learn more about the site to include on our tours. We hope you will visit again! More 

Lake Forest, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Very different because Drayton Hall has not been modernized. Amanda our guide was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable.

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DraytonHall, Public Relations Manager at Drayton Hall, responded to this review

We're so glad that you enjoyed your visit to Drayton Hall, especially Amanda's interpretation of the history of this unique place. Please come back and see us again! More 

Los Angeles, California
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316 reviews 316 reviews
41 attraction reviews
157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Drayton Hall is unique in that the home is preserved is a way that allows a visitor to see an incredible example of Palladian houses from the 19th century. There are no furnishings and the house has an amazing history that our guide Peggy articulated wonderfully, making this by far the most intersting house tour we took while in Charleston.... More 

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DraytonHall, Public Relations Manager at Drayton Hall, responded to this review

We agree, Peggy is an awesome interpreter here at Drayton Hall. All of our guides spend months researching the history of the site before they give a tour. They choose a particular area to focus on, so that means that no two tours are alike here at Drayton Hall. Through our ongoing research and archaeology, we continue to learn more... More 

Franklin, Kentucky
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

One can see the structure and fine woodwork of this house without the furnishings to take away from the appreciation of its architecture and craftsmanship. This house never has had plumbing or electrical wiring but is pretty much in its original state. We also had excellent guides who not only told about the history of the house and its owners,... More 

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DraytonHall, Public Relations Manager at Drayton Hall, responded to this review

Ann- Thank you for your review! We feel that above all else, Drayton Hall is an authentic place, and we're glad that was apparent to you. People who enjoy beauty and authenticity keep coming back time and time again to see us, and we hope you'll do the same! More 

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