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Address: 3380 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414-7126
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+1 843-769-2600
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9:00 am - 3:30 am
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Hours:
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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My visit to Drayton Hall was awesome! Not only was Mac (Mack?) great, he made us smile and laugh. The staff was really friendly. I met a friend here and we decided to ride over... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Emily R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My visit to Drayton Hall was awesome! Not only was Mac (Mack?) great, he made us smile and laugh. The staff was really friendly. I met a friend here and we decided to ride over to Magnolia Plantation together. We were there later than expected and realized Drayton Hall was gonna close soon. We called them up to let them... More 

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Drayton Hall is a sad, yet amazing place. You really get to learn in depth about the life of a slave as terrible as it was. With that being said, The house and grounds are gorgeous. Despite its very sad history, it is absolutely a place worth visiting.

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1 Thank CCG1982
Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a beautiful old original mansion. The tour was of just the house with no other tours available so was a little disappointed in that but was a must see while you are there.

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Landstuhl, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited here on the recommendation from a friend and we were not disappointed. We had our very young grandchildren with us though and I would not recommend the tour for them as it is not very exciting my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the guided tour and the self guided walking tour.

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1 Thank Chick4rabbit
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful preservation of pre revolutionary home. Matt gave a very interesting and informative tour of the house. A great glimpse into the past.

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Portland, Maine, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Many people had mentioned a visit to Drayton Hall when we knew we were visiting Charleston. I work for a historical society library and my friend is a history PhD, so we often visit historic homes on our trips. This one did not disappoint and was a welcome change since it represented the preservation approach as opposed to restoration. Our... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited Drayton Hall for first time and was very impressed. The drive. Ack into the property is very relaxing and the first view of the old plantation house is impressive. Truly one of the finest examples of Palladium architecture found in our country. Everyone at the plantation was very friendly and welcoming. Our tour guide Mack did a wonderful job... More 

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Southington, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visiting Drayton Hall provides a unique opportunity to visit an historic plantation which somehow survived (there are a couple of theories, as described by our tour guide) the Civil War and has been lovingly preserved - an ongoing process. It's interesting to see the architecture, without furniture, of this time and learn how it was maintained within one family until... More 

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Charleston SC, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Most plantations were destroyed by Sherman's march to Charleston. This plantation survived. It is shown empty of furniture to show the architecture, and you can even see graffiti over one of the fireplaces by revolutionary war soldiers. The gardens are not that exciting, and I would leave less time to see this plantation, but it is one worth seeing as... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Absolutely amazing, historic plantation and the only one in the area that survived the Civil War. This is the real deal, and is being preserved, not restored and there is a huge difference (you will be educated as to what that means and why it is important) You will see a home that belonged to one family, that was never... More 

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