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“an amazing step back” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Drayton Hall

Drayton Hall
Ranked #13 of 220 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.
Lithia, FL
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35 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“an amazing step back”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

We visited Drayton Hall on January 21, 2013 and were amazed at the history and beauty of this wonderfully preserved treasure. The caretakers have done a fantastic job of preserving this "house" and it appears as it was during the Revolutionary War. If you are going to visit hoping to see old furniture, you may be disappointed but if you want to see a glorious old southern mansion exactly as the family built it and lived in it, you are in for a rare treat! Architecture, old original mantels, columns, plaster-work, flooring, mouldings and trim work...ahhhh yes! They are working on the front porch and it is interesting to see how they repair and protect the past to ensure that the future will get to see it. Unfortunately the flanking buildings and stable fell during some of mother nature's rages and were removed but the old well is still there along with the "privy". The setting is unchanged and beautiful with huge old live oaks that were there when the house was being built...easy to step back in time in your imagination. Loved it!

Visited January 2013
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DraytonHall, Public Relations Manager at Drayton Hall, responded to this review, January 28, 2013
We are so glad that you were so taken with Drayton Hall and enjoyed your time here. We are always discovering new and exciting things that we love to share with our guests, so please come back soon and visit us!
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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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“Amazing! Don't miss this tour.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

I'd never thought about the difference between restoration and preservation. After visiting Drayton Hall, I wish more sites would take the Preservation route. Imagine being able to jump into a time machine and go back to just before the civil war and walk through a plantation mansion. No electricity, no running water, wide sweeping staircases, formal rooms. This is Drayton Hall. Unlike other open plantation houses, this house has not been updated and "Restored" most of the structure is original from the late 1700's and early 1800's. It gives you a REAL sense of how life was lived in the day. Highly Recommended for History Buffs and Family's alike!

Visited January 2013
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DraytonHall, Public Relations Manager at Drayton Hall, responded to this review, January 28, 2013
We are so glad you enjoyed your time here, and so glad that you appreciate our preservation philosophy. We are always discovering new and exciting things that we love to share with our guests, so please come back and see us soon!
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Kansas City, Missouri
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“Start your tour of Charleston here!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

We started our week in Charleston at Drayton Hall and were mesmerized by all of the history that the docents had to impart. This structure has been preserved "as is" from the 1700's and you literally walk through the paths of the family and its decendants. It has not been restored and this adds to the awe of your visit and imagination. Drayton Hall is absolutely fascinating! Be sure to join the National Trust for Historic Preservation after your tour to help continue the work being done here and get your proper rice spoon.

Visited January 2013
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DraytonHall, Public Relations Manager at Drayton Hall, responded to this review, January 28, 2013
We are so glad that you were so impacted by our site, and thank you for your support of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. We are always discovering new and exciting things, so please come back and see what's new!
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Canton, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Small but packs a punch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

Drayton Hall is smaller than Middleton but has as much history and may be even more beautiful. Did not realize that it fallen into disrepair for so long some time ago. I think it's the best of Charleston's historic sites. you got to check it out.

Visited September 2012
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DraytonHall, Public Relations Manager at Drayton Hall, responded to this review, January 28, 2013
Wow, what a compliment! We are so glad you enjoyed your time here and hope you return soon!
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Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
“An "Historic Must See"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

A short drive from downtown, and worth a couple of hours to soak in the rich history of the South. We did a tour of the property and you can almost feel the families who lived the still in the fabric of the plantation.

Visited March 2012
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DraytonHall, Public Relations Manager at Drayton Hall, responded to this review, January 28, 2013
We are so glad you enjoyed your time here! Our preservation professionals are always discovering new and interesting things that we love to share with our guests, so come back soon.
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