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Drayton Hall

3380 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414
843-769-2600
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Ranked #12 of 106 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Not so interesting. No furniture in the house. It was very hot inside.the guide did not explain the kitchen very well. Interesting architecture. Upstairs the ceiling not original due to leaking roof. Tour lasted about 45 min, $20 was kind of steep. No garden to look at.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

There are lots of plantation homes in the Charleston area but this one is unusual. It was owned by the same family and not updated even in the 20th century (no electricity therefore no air conditioning!), so it is an unusual opportunity to experience architecture close to what the Draytons experienced. The tours are guided only, but our guide conveyed... More

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

This is my first southern plantation visit, so I was rather disappointed to find that the home was built to resemble the homes in England at the time. The home is under restoration so there are support beams in the basement, which was scary since it felt like I was walking in a restricted construction site. It gets hot inside... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

This plantation home is completely original and is being preserved by the Historical Society. Authentic and true to its time -- no plumbing or electricity. Everything original and untouched. Former rice plantation. Cynthia L. Chicago

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Athens, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We loved this plantation, which has been preserved but not restored. This is a place for those who are truly interested in history, not just those who want to see pretty furniture or paintings. Fascinating place!

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Charleston, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I find Drayton Hall to be interest - and a nice contrast to some of the other plantations in the area. It's nice that they take the preservation route (instead of the restoration). While I enjoy them both for different reasons - it's good to see the difference, and really be able to appreciate the quality of the structure. There... More

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Cranford, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The guide said this was the oldest plantation house in America. It is not furnished - so the tour is only talking about the architecture of the house. It was somewhat interesting, but i felt the tour was lacking depth.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We drove to this on the way to Charleston from Beaufort. The tour was very well done. We stayed and attended a good presentation on plantation slavery. We liked what they were doing so much we joined their preservation society. We actually got discounts on entry fees at other historical sites in Charleston because of this membership

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Ocean City, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

This was my 2nd trip to Drayton Hall. The first was over 20 years ago. This time I brought my husband and children, ages 9 and 13. Both kids are interested in history, but I was worried that I had "historied" them out, by the 5th day of vacation. That was not a concern, however, as our House Tour Guide,... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We loved the tour of this preserved (not restored) plantation home. The docent did an excellent job of helping us get to know the generations of the family that lived there as well as the enslaved people. Beautiful grounds on the Ashley River. As easy drive from Charleston.

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