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Review of Drayton Hall

Drayton Hall
Ranked #33 of 252 things to do in Charleston
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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.
Reviewed May 13, 2013

We had 1 day and 3 plantations to visit. So we decided to optimize our time and visit Drayton Hall and Middleton Plantation after hearing that Magnolia Plantation was very "Disney-fied" kid-centric, expensive ($70 for full day of activities) and would take an entire day.
We were not disappointed in our choices. While the only thing that remains of the house itself is the shell, the history, the architecture and the grounds themselves are well worth a 2-3 hour visit. The docents are very educated and eager to share their knowledge about the place. Definitely take a water-mister, fan, hat and sunblock when visiting.

Thank SilverLake2TheWorld
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DraytonHall, Public Relations Manager at Drayton Hall, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2013

We're so glad that you enjoyed your visit to Drayton Hall. Please come again and visit us soon, there is always something new to learn and experience!

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Reviewed May 13, 2013

Drayton Hall was the only plantation that wasn't burned during the civil war, so the construction of the home remains as it was when it was built in the last 1700's. The home is empty, but the history and construction is very neat to see.

Thank Nolegurl
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DraytonHall, Public Relations Manager at Drayton Hall, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2013

We're so glad that you enjoyed your visit to Drayton Hall. Please come again and visit us soon, there is always something new to learn and experience!

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Reviewed May 11, 2013

If you are a American History buff, professional or simply personal, you will love visiting Drayton Hall Plantation. As you turn onto the property , you begin connecting with the "ghosts" of history's past. From the function of the plantation, to the Drayton family and slaves, to the role the plantation played through the American Revolution and the Civil War you will be mesmerized at how much history occurred on this piece of land. As an educator, I have visited Drayton Hall with students and found they enjoy the trip more when they know some of the story before hand. Then when guides are sharing them they are more comfortable interacting. Side Note: Drayton Hall also offers great programs for schools. As a "teacher" visitor I enjoyed touring the Drayton House learning about many things from the architecture to the daily running during days of old. Seeing the area of a doorway used to mark the heights of the children in the family so many moons ago, absolutely gave me chills! One of the many marvelous things about preserving the house! Drayton Hall will mean so much more if you are interested in its history and not just the status of it being a plantation. Well worth multiple visits!

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DraytonHall, Public Relations Manager at Drayton Hall, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2013

We're so glad that you enjoyed your visit to Drayton Hall. Please come again and visit us soon, there is always something new to learn and experience!

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Reviewed May 11, 2013

Drayton Hall is a plantation that has been preserved rather than restored and has very little furniture and no pictures or decorations, but it is beautiful with a fascinating history. The house can only be seen as part of a tour and we had an excellent (if a bit stern) docent. Looking out back one can almost imagine the boats coming up the Ashley River and dropping belles and their beaus off for a party.

Thank Mikeb1Falmouth_MA
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DraytonHall, Public Relations Manager at Drayton Hall, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2013

We're so glad that you enjoyed your visit to Drayton Hall. Please come again and visit us soon, there is always something new to learn and experience!

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Reviewed May 9, 2013

Beautiful place. Tons of history. Staff does a great job of presenting their history in a way that makes you feel part of it.

Thank ooftie1
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DraytonHall, Public Relations Manager at Drayton Hall, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2013

We're so glad that you enjoyed your visit to Drayton Hall. Please come again and visit us soon, there is always something new to learn and experience!

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