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Address: 3380 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414
Phone Number: +1 843-769-2600
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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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Great tour to view authentic plantation home.

There are several options for visiting plantations in the Charleston area. We chose one that would give us the best idea of what a plantation house looked like in the 1800s. There... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Leawood, Kansas
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Leawood, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There are several options for visiting plantations in the Charleston area. We chose one that would give us the best idea of what a plantation house looked like in the 1800s. There are no furnishings in the house, but you do get a great history of the Drayton family and how the house changed through the years. There is a... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This plantation has not been restored. It is being maintained in it's aged historical state. The tour gives a great deal of information about the Drayton family. The house is really the only thing remaining from the original plantation. However, one does get an idea of the vast wealth of the area from a historical perspective. While there is not... More 

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Thank lekishaw
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Pre-tour session very informative. House tour interesting. House a southern treasure. A must see. It is an authentic family summer house for a wealthy planter family. While inside the interiors tell the story. Not pristine, but that's the charm.

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Thank Kathryn M
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Warning if you are expecting to see furniture from that time period there is very minimal if any. To the positive part of this review, Drayton Hall is rich in history and simply just a beautiful place to visit. The guides know a lot about the history of this place, and who owned it at different points in time. It... More 

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The grounds as far as "plantations" go are average. We knew going in that the Drayton Hall House was a unrestored building and we had been to similar homes both in Charleston and Beaufort and enjoyed them. However, the tour guide did not weave a story or paint a picture of the Drayton family and their home. When you are... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely tour of an unfurnished, unrestored home. So much history, and the house never left the Drayton family until it became a historical landmark. Our tour guide was excellent. He said he was their "newest" guide (with 200 tours!) and his stories and details were excellent. The grounds are absolutely beautiful.

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Lake Forest, Illinois, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is worth a visit to get a good feel of what plantation life was like. Interesting house in good condition. Pretty grounds. Informative guided tour that starts in the visitors center.

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Thank Michael B
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

...but there is not much to see.The house is stripped bare of any furniture. Originally we wanted to visit Boone Hall,but our plan fell through,Boone Hall was closed,so we came to Drayton Hall.We enjoyed the garden for a nice stroll,but the house left us disappointed.

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Hampton, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was my first time visiting Charleston and Drayton Hall sounded interesting. The inside is unfurnished and there has not been any restoration done. So, it may seem boring at first but our docent gave so much rich history about this home. And, actually seeing it empty brings about a sense of imagination. Highly recommend seeing since it is not... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Drayton Hall is a beautifully preserved 18th century home, and stepping into it is like a step back into time. Many of the historic homes in Charleston have been renovated and furnished with historic pieces, but Drayton Hall has been untouched and even has original floors/ceilings/paint from its construction in the late 1700's. This is a perfect tour for anyone... More 

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