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“It is not worth what you have to pay”
Review of Drayton Hall

Drayton Hall
Ranked #19 of 241 things to do in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Circa 1738, Drayton Hall is the oldest unrestored plantation house in America still open to the public.
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194 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
“It is not worth what you have to pay”
Reviewed March 20, 2012

There slogan is that there is more than a house, but really it is just a house. For the amount of money it cost to get in, I just just go to Middleton instead. The staff were mostly polite, but one lady hunted us down and told us to pay more or leave. It was a mixup over where we parked, and being the first in that parking lot confused her I guess. That was fixed but seemed odd. Still, we were already wondering where the rest of the things to see before this, and that was 10 minutes after parking. Save money by skipping this one or go to Middleton. Downtown is filled with houses this old, I see no reason to go to this one.

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Cummington, Massachusetts
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“Wonderful!”
Reviewed March 20, 2012

I truly enjoyed the location and the house tour and that it is "preserved" rather than "restored". It's a snapshot into the past and represented the original architectural features of the house. Our guide was knowledgeable and very nice. I would highly recommend to those interested in the areas history.

Visited March 2012
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Nantucket, Massachusetts
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“Knowledgeable and interesting tour guides”
Reviewed March 19, 2012

Drayton Hall is an example of "preservation" as opposed to "restoration" and well worth the visit. Our two guides were personable and very knowledgeable. They made their tours/presentations (History of Slavery at Drayton Hall and the house tour itself) really come alive. A great two hour visit!

Visited March 2012
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Savannah, Georgia
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“Beautiful preservation provides the most accurate view of pre-revolutionary era.”
Reviewed March 16, 2012

The only negative thing about our visit to Drayton Hall was the gnats that bit us while waiting for our guide to start the tour. But being from Savannah, we're kinda used to that.

I must say that our tour guide, Booie, could not have been any better. She was our favorite part of our visit to Charleston. Her personal knowledge and comfort with the subject of Drayton Hall made us wish the tour could have gone on another hour or so. It would be wonderful to sit on a Charleston porch in a rocking chair and while away the day listen to Booie regale us with stories of the Drayton's and life on the plantation.

When you go, stop by the bookstore and pick up a couple of her books. That way you get the experience whether she is your guide or not.

Drayton Hall is the best of the plantation houses to visit. Go here if you must choose only one. But hopefully you can squeeze in Middleton Place, too. We did, and it's best that way.

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Atlanta
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88 reviews
31 attraction reviews
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“Architectural gem”
Reviewed March 15, 2012

This original home on the Ashley River dates back to the 1700's. It was only in the 1990's that the family turned it over to the National Historic Trust. Our tour guide Bob Barker was 80 years young, and his wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm was infectious. This is the *real* historic home place whereas other plantation homes have been replaced, rebuilt or are no longer standing. This was definitely a highlight of our trip. The gardens at Magnolia are "next door" and are also worth visiting.

Visited March 2012
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