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Drayton Hall

3380 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414
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Ranked #12 of 103 attractions in Charleston
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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Leeds, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

The hall interior and exterior has hardly changed since it's heyday and it provides a window into the lifestyle of the plantation owners. It is not furnished as preservation is in progress but we saw some of the original furniture in Williamsburg later on our tour. The gardens are laid out in a "Capability Brown Style" open landscape and provide... More

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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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41 reviews 41 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

If you can visit only one plantation house in the Charleston Low Country, Drayton Hall should be the one. Built in the early 18th century, it has remained largely unaltered and is shown as is, without furnishings by guided tour. Our guide was outstanding, knowledgeable and well spoken, never using the phrases "you know" or "you guys" on a tour... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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67 reviews 67 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Only 15 minutes from the Airport - this is a National Historic Trust Preservation site -i.e. they are trying to make is as much like as it was "found" and not restore with paint, furniture, art, etc. The story is excellent - our Docent did a fine job explaining the history and the building. Grounds are beautiful, but again preserved... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

It was nice to see the home nearly in its original structure. I appreciated that. While sometimes it is great to see a historic home restored to a particular era, loved seeing the simplicity of this home. The grounds were lovely, even though we were there in March. The tour guides were very good and knowledgeable.

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Pasadena, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
22 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

If you are visiting the Charleston plantations, go to Drayton Hall for your history lessons and then go to Magnolia to see the gardens. Buy the Drayton Hall/Magnolia Plantation combo ticket online on the Drayton Hall website. You can see both sites in one day; they are located right down the road from each other,and the online ticket gives you... More

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Birmingham, AL
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42 reviews 42 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Actually I don't remember the year we visited. Our daughter was a child then and she's going to college now, so must have been 12 years or so. But even so, at the time, the home and tour was excellent. You get more of a sense of how people lived in 1700's since there are no amenities of modernity. At... More

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Tuscumbia, Alabama
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

I love Drayton Hall. A fine example of an 18th century plantation home. Almost all original and in various stages of restoration. There is no profit here. The family is strictly trying to save this home. I was impressed with the guides knowledge of the site and home. I would recommend this tour to anyone that loves history.

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66 reviews 66 reviews
24 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

This was interesting but not fantastic. The grounds are very pretty and you really do need to do a tour otherwise you cannot enter the house. It was a nice tour of the house but it was a little difficult to hold my interest after the first 20 minutes or so. I enjoy historic places but I think perhaps if... More

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14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Of the different plantations that you can visit in the Charleston area, Drayton Hall has the most authentic home, being that it is the original that stood during the 1700s and has not burned down over the years like many of the others. While there are no furnishings in the home and much of it has fallen to time, I... More

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Rochester, New York
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55 reviews 55 reviews
22 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

This historic landmark near the Magnolia Gardens has been preserved in it's original state - not restored. Therefore the interior is essentially bare, while understandable, it certainly does not make for an interesting view or tour - no matter what they describe. I am very much interested in history, but even found the historic aspects as described rather bland. Maybe... More

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