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Address: 3380 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414-7126
Phone Number: +1 843-769-2600
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11:00 am - 3:30 am
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Sun 11:00 am - 3:30 am
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 3:30 am
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Circa 1738, Drayton Hall is the oldest unrestored plantation house in...

Circa 1738, Drayton Hall is the oldest unrestored plantation house in America still open to the public.

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A Unique Charleston Experience

The DraytonHall.org website describes this lovely and unique historic site thus: "Founded in 1738, Drayton Hall is the oldest preserved plantation house in America that’s still... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The DraytonHall.org website describes this lovely and unique historic site thus: "Founded in 1738, Drayton Hall is the oldest preserved plantation house in America that’s still open to the public and a masterpiece of Georgian-Palladian architecture." As they will tell you on the tour (never a large group of people because they are always mindful of treating the house with... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This plantation was so nice. I am only ten years old and I adored the plantation. I went with my dad and it was really interesting to both of us. Our tour guide was so nice her name was Amanda. I just loved all of the intricate details of the house. Seven generations lived there. So glad we visited. They... More 

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Westfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I would recommend people go to Drayton Hall and Magnolia - we enjoyed visiting both properties. I enjoy history and always nice to see how it was in the day.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I visited with our sixteen month old daughter. The tour guide was especially accommodating. The tour group was small, with only two others attending. The building is very well maintained and provides a rare glimpse into history and a time we can barely picture accurately. The property is also well kept, and provides a chance to sit... More 

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White Hall, Maryland, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

By my mother mrs edmunds and historic Charleston they built a bridge over the ballroom floor so that the beautiful floors can not be ruined. I was in my teens the last time I visited but we were only ther three nights this trip so we didn't have time to go this year.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Since it is preserved and not restored, Drayton Hall offers a really unique look into the past. After seeing many restored plantations and manor houses around the world, it is a totally different experience to visit a plantation that allows you to imagine what it looked like for yourself. A must see for anyone interested in the history of the... More 

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Thank Liz H
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have commented previously that we love history and that we are torn between historical preservation and historical restoration. This is a great example of historical preservation and as a result we left feeling a little sad for the place.

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Telford Tn.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved how they didn't restore the home. I thought that made it more authentic. Instead of going into a home that has been restored you see in this home how they really lived back them and you have a great guide to take you through the house and what is different with this house you are allowed to take photographs.... More 

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Brandon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

During the tour you are reminded that the house is stabilized and not restored. For instance the plaster work on the ceiling in the front hall has been stabilized and not restored. Thus parts of it are missing. There are no furnishings in the home, but story is told. The columns original to the home are in the basement. The... More 

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Savannah, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This house is a bit unusual as the foundation chose to not restore it so you see the building in it's original condition. No furnishings or elaborate decorations.

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