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“What's your plantation personality?” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Drayton Hall

Drayton Hall
3380 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414
843-769-2600
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Ranked #13 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.
Springfield, Illinois
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“What's your plantation personality?”
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 in air conditioning, but you will be amazed by the structure which dates to before the Revolutionary War. The staff was super-friendly and super-knowledgeable. My only disappointment was that the slave quarters presentation was billed as being offered three times per day, and in reality was only two. Also, the swamp tour wasn't available. The website should be updated to reflect that. Otherwise, we were so glad to have chosen this unique location as part of our family's time in Charleston.

Visited July 2014
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DraytonHall, Public Relations Manager at Drayton Hall, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
Thank you for your review. Since your visit, we have updated our website to inform travelers on the new time for the program Connections: From Africa to America. It is offered twice daily, M-Sat. at 11:00 and 2:00 and Sunday at 12:00 and 2:00. We apologize that the marsh walk was closed during your visit. The boardwalks were damaged by flooding and are currently being repaired. We are so glad to hear that your family enjoyed visiting Drayton Hall, and we hope you will come back again the next time you are in Charleston.
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Fresno, California
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“authentic old home and grounds”
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.

Visited July 2014
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DraytonHall, Public Relations Manager at Drayton Hall, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
Circa 1738, Drayton Hall is the oldest unrestored plantation house currently open to the public in America today. Our basic admission includes everything: a professional guided house tour, Connections: From Africa to America, 18th-century African American Cemetery (one of the oldest documented African American cemeteries in the nation still in use), DVD landscape tour, and nature walks. Thanks for the review!
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Charleston, South Carolina
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“Great tour”
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 def recommend.

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DraytonHall, Public Relations Manager at Drayton Hall, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
It's always great to read an endorsement from a local--thank you! We hope you will visit again soon and bring out-of-town guests with you. Thanks!
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Irvine, California
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“Worth a trip”
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 to close kind of early so factor that in to your plans.

Drayton Hall was a great glimpse into history. The tour was good (I'd give it 4 out 5 stars.) You can take some great photos inside that house if you're in to that. And spend and some time walking around the grounds and out to the Ashely river.

Plan for a 2 to 3 hour visit. The house tour was approx. 45 - 60 min.

Visited June 2014
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DraytonHall, Public Relations Manager at Drayton Hall, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
Thank you for writing a review and sharing photos from your visit! All of our guides spend months researching the history of the site before they give a tour. They choose a particular area to focus on, so that means that no two tours are alike here at Drayton Hall. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit to Drayton Hall and our preservation method. Through our ongoing research and archaeology, we continue to learn more about the site to include on our tours. We hope you will visit again!
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Miami, Florida
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“Architectural Treasure”
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 is a photographic scenic area. Highly recommended for the mature and artistically minded. No play ground for children unless you would like to educate them in historical America vs entertainment parks.

Visited July 2014
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DraytonHall, Public Relations Manager at Drayton Hall, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
Thank you! We are glad you enjoyed your visit to Drayton Hall. We agree, walking through the house is like stepping back in time. Drayton Hall remains the oldest unrestored plantation house that is open to the public. 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. Thanks for recommending the site to other travelers.
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