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Drayton Hall

3380 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414
843-769-2600
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Ranked #12 of 105 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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Springfield, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Our family discussed as we left Drayton Hall that not every one will love this plantation as much as we did. If you are going to see fancy furniture and be blown away by landscaped gardens, go elsewhere. If you are interested in seeing the real architecture on a tour led by knowledgeable scholars, go to Drayton. You won't be... More

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Fresno, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
11 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This was a former plantation home with slaves for servants. The house and grounds tour was very informative.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Had been wanting to visit here for years when we vacationed in Charleston but there are so many plantations and historic places, it's hard to pick one. Now we live here and this is must see! If you like history you'll enjoy this informative tour. We feel we got our money's worth and our guide was entertaining and interesting. Would... More

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Irvine, California
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18 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We stayed near by at Middleton Place. If you drive out of Charleston to visit Drayton Hall, it's worth considering seeing Middleton Place and/or Magnolia Gardens. They are very close to each other and you can easily see two in one day (maybe all 3 but my wife and I only chose to see Middleton and Drayton). All locations seem... More

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This is one of kind American historical sight and a must see. It's beauty is in a natural state for being 200+ years. It is not an amusement part or have artificial amusements, it is funny to see negative reviews of not having entertaining things to do. The grounds and gardens are to be appreciated for their beauty and this... More

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bangor, pa
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The grounds and buildings are amazing. They have stood the test of time. The plantation house is as it was when the last residents left. Their goal is to preserve history and they are doing a wonderful job. Our tour guide was informative and was open to all questions. The grounds are pleasant to walk and the views are wonderful.... More

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Eastchester, New York
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This is a grea place to visit to see an example of southern plantation life, though this home was built as more of an estate than a working plantation home. Note that this home is presented "as is" and has not been restored to look like any particular time period. There are few furnishings, the house isn't electrified or air... More

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Barrie, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Drayton Hall provides a glimpse of the real history and the archaeological process required to document plantation life.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Nothing beats Drayton Hall for a beautiful example of low country architecture. Drayton has not been "restored" nor retouched and as a result it is absolutely stunning. There is no petting zoo or rides or restaurant, just peaceful quiet and the large imposing house overlooking the grounds. Listed on the National Register, this is a "must see" for anyone interested... More

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Townsend, Tennessee
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This is not one of the frou-frou house museums all decorated to the nines. This is a house built before the Revolutionary War and is still standing. It has survived much and has many stories to tell. Standing on one porch, visitors can look toward the drive and imagine visitors arriving by carriage. On the other, they can look to... More

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