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Drayton Hall

3380 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414
843-769-2600
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Ranked #12 of 108 Attractions in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Salem, Massachusetts
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232 reviews 232 reviews
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88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

Just passing by, we stopped in, hoping to see some alligators. But no luck, just immense live oaks and the Hall which has seen better days. Best part was the woman in the ticket booth, who really liked to talk, Even though cars were waiting behind us, she wanted us to know exactly what was ahead.

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RatherNotSay
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

DO THIS!!! Yes, there's Middleton, and Magnolia, and Boone Hall. But Drayton is special. I knew going in that it was unrestored, but I was not prepared for the emotional connection I felt to this property. Smaller and more intimate than the others, there's nothing "commercial" about this place, and I think that's part of what makes it a little... More

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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed seeing the original state of the house, the grounds make you feel like you can discover something others have not seen yet.....this was a great choice for our only plantation visit.

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

We agree, being at Drayton Hall is like stepping back in time. Thank you for visiting and please come back again! More

Baltimore
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Drayton Hall is a lesson in history and fascinating. We learned a lot about the history of plantations, Charleston as well as slavery in SC. Our tour guide, Eric, clearly loves the plantation and all it represents.

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

Thank you! We agree, Eric is an exceptional interpreter here at Drayton Hall and we will pass your kind words along to him. We hope you will visit again. More

Orlando, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Yes for $20 there isn't a lot to see but what you're paying for is the price to keep this beautiful and amazing home and property alive! I loved the authenticity of this house and the fact that they have tried to keep it remaining in its original form! It's like taking a step back in time and gives you... More

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

Thank you for visiting Drayton Hall. "Authentic" is a word many visitors use to describe Drayton Hall, and we are delighted that you enjoyed touring this Georgian Palladian masterpiece. We hope you'll add our Connections: from Africa to America program, 18th-century African American Cemetery (one of the oldest documented African American cemeteries in the nation still in use), and a... More

Springfield, Virginia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Docent was very good about sharing details of most recent updated info as well as history. She also made recommendations for other stops of interest. .

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

Thank you! Drayton Hall’s professional interpreters not only design their own tour after extensive research and training, they continue to enrich their presentations through Drayton Hall’s ongoing research, preservation work, and archaeological investigations. We hope you will visit again. More

Toronto, Canada
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16 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We enjoyed the tour of the home. The guide was quite knowledgeable. The rooms were unrestored and true to what the house once was.

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

Thank you! We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit to Drayton Hall and our method of preserving the site. More

Johnson City,TN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We loved our visit to Drayton Hall. It's a gorgeous old plantation and the fact that the house is unrestored made it even more unique. Our tour guide was very informative and the house was absolutely gorgeous on the inside. My only complaint is that it cost $20 just to visit. That seemed a little high for what little we... More

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

Thank you for visiting Drayton Hall. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your house tour. If you compare our site to any other similar one in the Lowcountry, you'll find that Drayton Hall is among the lower priced attractions while also offering many added values to the house tour. Although the iconic main house is what initially draws... More

Stanwood, Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

I loved my visit to Drayton Hall. It is so unique in that it is preserved as is and is an ongoing archaeological site. My imagination took me into the past and I relived what it must have been like to live there through all the generations of the Drayton family.

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

Thank you! Many visitors walk away from Drayton Hall feeling like they have traveled back in time because of how well the site has been preserved. We appreciate your positive review and hope you will visit again. More

ireland
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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

This is the most beautiful house. Lots of atmosphere but the visitor must remember that it is a restoration and has not been redone. We had a wonderful guide who was so informative and enthusiastic about the house and the architecture and really brought the house to life. It is in lovely quiet parkland and our 11 year old found... More

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

Thank you for bringing your family to Drayton Hall! We always enjoy having young people visit the site, and it sounds like you all had a fun time. It sounds like you had a great time on the house tour and walking the grounds. Next time you visit make sure to check out our program Connections: from Africa to America. More

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