Drayton Hall

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Drayton Hall
4.5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Architectural Buildings
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9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
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Circa 1738, Drayton Hall is the oldest unrestored plantation house in America still open to the public.
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2-3 hours
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luv2travel4evermore
Cypress, TX95 contributions
Over the years, I've toured at least half a dozen historic plantations, if not more, all in a restored state depicting life during the pre- Civil War era. This was probably my favorite. Rather than restore the building to its previous grandeur, the owners have elected the Historic Preservation approach. There was quite a bit of preservation-related construction going on at the time, but the excellent audio tour and exhibits told the story of the house, its owners, and the people who lived and toiled there in minute detail, and it was so well worth it. Highly recommended!
Written March 20, 2022
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MorganasLegend
Wilmington, DE69 contributions
Couples
This is a gorgeous, serene property. The house is preserved, not restored, so it’s empty (complete with no power or plumbing). The paint on the walls of the great hall is 150 years old. It was pretty surreal walking through the rooms and getting a sense of naked history. There have been some changes over time such as the growth of woodlands on what used to be open fields and a guesstimate of where the slave quarters likely would have been (not many records on that were kept). There’s not a lot of touristy frills on this plantation but time well spent just strolling the grounds which back up to the Ashley River. There’s an audio tour you can stream for the self guided house tour which goes into petty solid detail and is timed really well (takes about 40 minutes). You don’t have to stream the audio, I think we were the only ones there that did—there are docents in the cellar and great hall if you have questions about anything. There’s also a small museum on site with several artifacts from the Drayton family. We spent about 2 hours here. We went on a Thursday mid morning and it wasn’t at all crowded, probably a total of 10 other people there at the time. I actually enjoyed this property more than the more popular Magnolia Plantation.
Written May 6, 2021
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Written July 19, 2021
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Lungbuster
Brownsville, KY479 contributions
Couples
Of the three plantations we visited this one was our favorite. The reason being is that it’s left unrestored and shows a real glimpse into how homes were build, lived in and used. It’s easy to imagine visitors coming up the main entrance or arriving from the river in the back of the property. A QR code was available for self tour and we had our air pods and this made for a comfortable self-paced tour.
Written August 8, 2021
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southmauijim
Kihei, HI177 contributions
We drove out HWY 61 by ourselves to visit here and were not disappointed. The admission was $32 per person with a $1 AAA discount. I had done a fair amount of reading about Drayton Hall before we left home. You could spend hours walking around the grounds but on the day we visited it was quite cold. The docent who gave our tour was extremely bright and knowledgeable. The staff is very dedicated to the preservation of this plantation estate. It was the British Headquarter during the siege of Charleston in 1780.
Written January 22, 2020
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Departure775541
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We appreciate your visit.
Written October 26, 2020
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Peter S
9 contributions
While architecture fans will enjoy this rare, early example of a Palladian-inspired villa, the important story told here is how and why the owner was able to afford it. Displays and videos at the new visitor center show the extent of the original land holdings, and visitors can readily surmise just how much backbreaking labor was required to maintain this expansive operation. Combine this visit with one to the Slave Museum in Charleston to gain a deeper understanding of what built this nation of ours.
Written July 20, 2021
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Kristen B
Bailey, NC137 contributions
My husband and I love history. This was a nice afternoon visit. We used our phone and was able to be guided around the grounds and home. It does not have furniture and doesnt represent any particular time period but represents the house as it was in the 1700s. They are conintuing to perserve it so work is being done but you are able to see several rooms and get the feel of the place. Would recommend.
Written November 21, 2021
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cindicated
Santa Rosa, CA30 contributions
With 3 plantains in a row to visit, based on other reviews, I choose Drayton for its preserved as found condition. It's not filled with fake history, its an empty beauty and its architecture and history are fascinating. The dual staircase is a true work of art and it not accessible currently as they work to preserve its integrity, so it was disappoint not to see the upper level, but understandable. The views from the home and the property are bucolic, as are the ancient oaks, one or two older than the plantation itself.
Written June 11, 2021
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Departure775541
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Written July 19, 2021
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Robin B
Phoenix, AZ1,226 contributions
This was the only plantation home we chose to visit in Charleston, primarily because it is part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The goal here is to conserve, rather than renovate the history out of the home and I appreciate that. There is a short video to watch, then you take a self-guided tour with a phone app. There were two docents in the home to answer questions. Unfortunately, when we visited they were reinforcing the main staircase, so we were not able to go upstairs. Still, the downstairs rooms and basement are interesting. We spent a little over an hour.
Written March 5, 2022
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Laura B
164 contributions
Couples
Visited on a Saturday at 2pm, not very busy which made the experience extra enjoyable. Tickets were $22/adult and covered everything offered on the grounds (we purchased at the booth entering the property). There isn't an organized tour but even better, a curator was giving basically individual tours of the house and answering all questions in detail. Keep in mind, this isn't a lavish garden or restored home but focus on the architecture and preservation of the home. There was also a nice guide to use throughout the property.
Written September 19, 2020
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Departure775541
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Written October 26, 2020
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Kim S
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I love touring plantations. This one is different. It is unfurnished so that you can see the architecture and admire the beauty of it. The docent was not very interested in answering our questions. In fact my husband asked about all of the beams since they looked to be saw cut instead of hand hewn. Her response was when you have enough money you can buy anything. Really? So, hundreds of years ago they had that capability? Everyone else was very nice.

It's bad enough that half of everything is closed or partially closed during covid. But, I would think you would really want your best people representing your establishment. I spent $50 for 3 of us to tour one floor a vacant building. At least be nice to us.
Written August 22, 2020
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Departure775541
Thank you for your review. I am sorry to hear that you did not have a 5 star visit and that you did not receive the best customer experience possible. We appreciate your feedback and are always looking for ways to improved. We are reopening the galleries this week and will be reopening the cellar of the house in the near future with a new audio tour. I invite you to visit again when these spaces have reopened.
Written October 26, 2020
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Drayton Hall is open:
  • Sun - Sun 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Mon - Sat 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
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