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“Not quite what we thought it would be”
Review of Drayton Hall

Drayton Hall
Ranked #19 of 244 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.
Reviewed July 14, 2013

What we learned about these visits to plantations (this one as well as Monticello in Virginia) is that the tour guide makes the difference. If you can get one that can bring the place to life, then the visit is well worth the price. Otherwise, you're looking at stuff that's marginally interesting.

We chose Drayton Hall because the reviews for Magnolia Plantation made it seem like it was too "commercialized" and pricey. In hindsight, it might have been a better option.

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DraytonHall, Public Relations Manager at Drayton Hall, responded to this reviewResponded August 1, 2013

Thank you for visiting Drayton Hall- we completely agree that an excellent tour guide is what brings a historic home alive for visitors. If you read our other reviews, it is the incredible quality of Drayton Hall's tour guides that keep bring people back year after year. We hope you'll come back again soon.

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Reviewed July 14, 2013

On our way back to NJ we decided to make a stop at Drayton Hall before we made our trek up I95. We first thought that we would do both Middleton Place and Drayton on the same day but with the heat and humidity Middleton Place (3+ hours) we were not in the mood to hit another plantation. We are sure glad we made time to visit Drayton as the 1-hour tour was perfect. It was not overwhelming, the rooms without furniture were awesome to see and the near-original paint lasting over 300 years was a feat in and amongst itself. The guide was spectacular as she was loaded with knowledge and it was the perfect visit. You can make the visit last as long as 60 minutes or spend half a day exploring the property. It is a magnificent property and worth seeing while in the Charleston area.

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DraytonHall, Public Relations Manager at Drayton Hall, responded to this reviewResponded August 1, 2013

Wow! What a fantastic review- we are so pleased that you chose to stop at Drayton Hall on your return trip home, and delighted that you enjoyed your visit so much. As each day at Drayton Hall tends to be different, please do come back and see us next time that you are in town or traveling through!

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Reviewed July 14, 2013 via mobile

We went there after seeing Middleton place. The grounds did not compare. The marsh walk was a mosquito haven. This place is only good for the house.

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DraytonHall, Public Relations Manager at Drayton Hall, responded to this reviewResponded August 1, 2013

Please do come back and visit us again so that you can take advantage of everything that Drayton Hall has to offer, especially the house tour. We're sorry that you were disappointed in the grounds only tour, and although comparisons between Middleton Place and Drayton Hall are inevitable, please note that these two gardens are incredibly different and each site is guided by their own unique landscape preservation philosophy.. We are incredible proud of Drayton Hall's setting- indeed, Southern landscape historian Suzanne Turner describes Drayton Hall's as “The most significant, undisturbed historic landscape in America.”

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Reviewed July 14, 2013

During our visit to Charleston, our hotel concierge recommended we visit both Russell House and Drayton Hall to take in some genuine southern history and architecture appreciation. Both homes are completely bare of any furniture or artifacts. Drayton Hall is an old southern plantation that is now owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. They are working feverishly to try and preserve this house in its original condition for future generations, as parts of it are deteriorating from settling and the elements. The tour is only of the estate grounds and an empty brick house that’s 275 years old! It’s easy to see this was once a gorgeous mansion, built in the 1730’s and has survived two wars, earthquakes and several hurricanes. Amanda, our super knowledgeable docent, gave us a tour of the house, while including a lot of wonderful stories of the Drayton’s history and background. For me, it was a great American history lesson. It’s obvious that Amanda really loves her job! She explained the homes construction and architecture in amazing detail, which overall, as an engineer, I found very interesting.

I recommend visiting Drayton Hall, when in Charleston, to experience what life was like in South Carolina during this era. As one of the other reviewers posted, ...don’t expect to see a restored house with manicured gardens. This house is ‘the real thing’.

Thank juddann
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DraytonHall, Public Relations Manager at Drayton Hall, responded to this reviewResponded August 1, 2013

We're so glad that you enjoyed your time at Drayton Hall, and that your tour of the house with Amanda was such a highlight- as I'm sure you realized our docents are what makes Drayton Hall come alive for our guests. Each guide researches a particular aspect of Drayton Hall history and focuses their tour accordingly. Because of this, not two tours at Drayton Hall are ever alike. Please come back and visit us again soon and get an even different perspective on our rich history!

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Reviewed July 13, 2013

Worth the drive from the city of Charleston. I was really impressed by how well maintained the plantation was, specifically the gardens, which seemed to go on forever, but that wasn't a bad thing. We viewed the Drayton house and the slavery to freedom tour, which was an interesting combination, b/c the slavery tour gives you an honest account of the challenges faced by the slaves on the plantation, and then we followed that up w/ a tour of the house, which was the complete opposite in terms of lifestyle. Regardless, you could pay the basic fee to get in and walk the gardens and still feel like you did something worthwhile w/ your afternoon. On the way back to Charleston, we stopped at an orange trailer serving boiled peanuts on highway 61, which hit the spot.

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DraytonHall, Public Relations Manager at Drayton Hall, responded to this reviewResponded July 30, 2013

We always love hearing from guests who really took advantage of all that Drayton Hall has to offer, and it sounds like you certainly did! Having said that, we certainly hope that you'll come back again soon to see us and to experience what's new at Drayton Hall.

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