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“The Truth” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Drayton Hall

Drayton Hall
3380 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414
843-769-2600
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Ranked #12 of 106 Attractions in Charleston
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: This Georgian-Palladian gem, built in 1738, is America's oldest plantation house open to the public.
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
2 reviews
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“The Truth”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

If you visit Drayton Hall basically the admission includes a tour of the main house and a small number of exhibits (poster boards on easels)the extolling the importance of the Drayton family. For a well researched history of the Drayton family please see "William Henry Drayton" by Keith Krawczynski. Drayton Hall currently lacks a visitors facility. Slavery is presented through "The African Connections" located outdoors near the gift shop. For those interested in either the history of slavery in the South Carolina Low Country or the landscapes and gardens, I recommend Magnolia or Middleton Place (Both located a short distance from Drayton Hall ).

Visited September 2012
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DraytonHall, Public Relations Manager at Drayton Hall, responded to this review, January 28, 2013
We regret that you were dissatisfied with your experience and found little to enjoy at Drayton Hall, a National Historic Landmark. Since opening to the public in 1974, Drayton Hall has been celebrated for its iconic architecture, house tour, historic landscape with nature walks and self-guided tour on DVD, 1790s African-American cemetery and interactive history program, museum shop, and more. "Connections: From Africa to America," is a 45-minute program offered three times a day that uses maps, historic documents, and artifacts to trace the story of Africans from Africa to the new world, through slavery, emancipation, and into the 20th century, and to connect visitors with the site’s African American Cemetery, one of the oldest documented African-American cemeteries in the nation still in use. Visitors to this sacred place walk through a memorial arch and discover interpretive panels and brochures about the community that once existed here. Drayton Hall always strives to tell a more complete story of its 275-year-history and of its people, both enslaved and free, in order to provide our visitors with an accurate and compelling portrait of life on a Lowcountry plantation.
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Yorktown Heights, New York
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“History At Its Best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

The plantation house and grounds have been meticulously preserved, but not restored. Different from most historical sites and a treat. Stroll down to the banks of the Ashley river and see where the barges took the cotton and indigo to Charleston and then to sea.

Visited January 2013
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DraytonHall, Public Relations Manager at Drayton Hall, responded to this review, January 28, 2013
We're so glad you enjoyed your time at Drayton Hall. Please come back and visit us again soon!
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South Carolina
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“Interesting Piece of History”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

The uniqueness of Drayton Hall lies in the fact that the house itself is about 275 years old and -- in all that time -- it's never been significantly altered or modernized. As cliched as it may sound, it really is like going back into time. The house tour (about 45 minutes) is very informative and stresses the mission of preservation of the structure rather than restoration. The house is not furnished, resulting in a real "bare bones" kind of feel inside. The formal balanced Georgian architecture is really beautiful and inside there are lovely moldings, columns, capitals, etc. Without the distractions of interior furnishings, you can really appreciate the fine details.

The property is lovely with a wonderful Ashley River view, but don't come here expecting formal gardens because there are none. There is, however, a not-too-long marsh walk with a brochure that explains points-of-interest along the way. There is also an African-American cemetery on the property. I've now visited all three historic plantations on the Ashley River and they are each worth seeing for their own unique flavor. There are lots of picnic spots on the Drayton Hall grounds if you'd like to bring a lunch and stay a bit longer.

Visited January 2013
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DraytonHall, Public Relations Manager at Drayton Hall, responded to this review, January 28, 2013
We're so glad you enjoyed your time here at Drayton Hall and enjoyed our unique architecture and preservation philosophy. We are always discovering new and exciting things that we love to share with our guests, so please come back and visit us soon.
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“an amazing step back”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

We visited Drayton Hall on January 21, 2013 and were amazed at the history and beauty of this wonderfully preserved treasure. The caretakers have done a fantastic job of preserving this "house" and it appears as it was during the Revolutionary War. If you are going to visit hoping to see old furniture, you may be disappointed but if you want to see a glorious old southern mansion exactly as the family built it and lived in it, you are in for a rare treat! Architecture, old original mantels, columns, plaster-work, flooring, mouldings and trim work...ahhhh yes! They are working on the front porch and it is interesting to see how they repair and protect the past to ensure that the future will get to see it. Unfortunately the flanking buildings and stable fell during some of mother nature's rages and were removed but the old well is still there along with the "privy". The setting is unchanged and beautiful with huge old live oaks that were there when the house was being built...easy to step back in time in your imagination. Loved it!

Visited January 2013
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DraytonHall, Public Relations Manager at Drayton Hall, responded to this review, January 28, 2013
We are so glad that you were so taken with Drayton Hall and enjoyed your time here. We are always discovering new and exciting things that we love to share with our guests, so please come back soon and visit us!
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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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“Amazing! Don't miss this tour.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

I'd never thought about the difference between restoration and preservation. After visiting Drayton Hall, I wish more sites would take the Preservation route. Imagine being able to jump into a time machine and go back to just before the civil war and walk through a plantation mansion. No electricity, no running water, wide sweeping staircases, formal rooms. This is Drayton Hall. Unlike other open plantation houses, this house has not been updated and "Restored" most of the structure is original from the late 1700's and early 1800's. It gives you a REAL sense of how life was lived in the day. Highly Recommended for History Buffs and Family's alike!

Visited January 2013
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DraytonHall, Public Relations Manager at Drayton Hall, responded to this review, January 28, 2013
We are so glad you enjoyed your time here, and so glad that you appreciate our preservation philosophy. We are always discovering new and exciting things that we love to share with our guests, so please come back and see us soon!
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