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“Well worth it” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Drayton Hall

Drayton Hall
Ranked #13 of 229 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.
Preston, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Well worth it”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2013

Although this attraction is not furnished it did give a very good insight to the Houses of the period and was a refreshing change to the money grabbing place just up the road. The only down point was the fact that the heavens opened and we were unable to look at what appeared to be fantastic gardens.

Visited June 2013
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DraytonHall, Public Relations Manager at Drayton Hall, responded to this review, August 2, 2013
We're so glad you enjoyed your house tour, and we're sorry that the unpredictable summer weather didn't allow you to take advantage of the natural beauty of Drayton Hall- please come back and see us soon. We offer a grounds-only pass that includes our award winning Landscape Tour on DVD, which is a wonderful way to experience the grounds. We hope to see you soon!
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Lansdale, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“Better than a "House Tour"!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2013

Well worth the drive out from Charleston! This was very interesting and thought provoking to see a Preserved Historical Site rather than a Restored one. The guide was so knowledgeable and the house and grounds are awesome. You can really get a glimpse back in time.

Visited July 2013
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DraytonHall, Public Relations Manager at Drayton Hall, responded to this review, August 2, 2013
What a great review- thank you! We are delighted that you enjoyed your time at Drayton Hall and were able to take a step back in time. That's what visiting a historic site is all about! Please come back and see us again soon.
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cedar rapids
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36 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“We loved Drayton Hall but a lower price would be great”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2013

We loved Drayton Hall. It was the most detailed tour in Charelston we had. The retied
teacher was our tour guide. She was great but she needed to stay focus and not
run over on time, which make us run on the last part of our tour. We had only two
complaints: please pave the driveway and the parking lot, do not have your guides
be so pushy with membership, it's a turn off. We would do Drayton Hall again
if we were in the area. But, would also hope the price is lowered a few dollars
do to it not be furnished. It seemed a couple dollars too high.

Visited June 2013
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DraytonHall, Public Relations Manager at Drayton Hall, responded to this review, August 2, 2013
Thank you for your review- we're glad you enjoyed your time at Drayton Hall and found your docent full of interesting information. If you compare our site to any other comparable one in the Lowcountry, you'll find that Drayton Hall is actually among the lower priced attractions while also offering many added values to the house tour. Although the iconic main house is what initially draws people to Drayton Hall, but there is also the historic landscape, the oldest documented African American Cemetery in the nation still in use, the Connections Program, nature walks and trails, our award-winning landscape tour on DVD, our locally sourced gift shop, and more -- all just waiting to be discovered and enjoyed. We hope you come back and take advantage of all Drayton Hall has to offer!
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Albany, Oregon
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“A Mixed Review for an Important Place”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2013

Want to see an old plantation house which has not been rehabilitated? This is great for that. See it as it existed back then. It gives you an opportunity to learn some real history and appreciate all the work and money that went into that picturesque setting mentioned in your travel magazines. The docents are exceptionally trained professional (and amateur) historians.

But be warned --- it is not very friendly to those with mobility impairments. There is no kind path to the house nor is there an elevator. Those wishing to see the upper floors must be prepared to enter under their own power. If you have a wheelchair, make sure you have the gray wheels which do not scuff the original flooring. Those with electric wheelchairs or scooter should be prepared to leave them because they will be much too heavy for the 200-300 year old floors.

Visited July 2013
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DraytonHall, Public Relations Manager at Drayton Hall, responded to this review, August 1, 2013
Thank you for your review, and we're glad that you enjoyed your visit to Drayton Hall. Because our house is nearing 300 years of age, we strongly encourage anyone needing special assistance to call us in advance of their visit, as noted on the "Visitor Information" section of our website. When our special-needs guests do this it allows us to tailor the best possible visit around their needs.The grounds, restrooms, Museum Shop, raised English basement of the Main House, and the "Connections: From Africa to America" program are all accessible to individuals with physical disabilities. In addition, a video tour is available for those who are unable or prefer not to join the tour; and written tours are available for the hearing impaired. We make every effort to accommodate all of our guests- if you didn't feel like your needs were met please contact Emily Pack at emily_pack@draytonhall.org and let us know how we can improve our service.
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London, Canada
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11 attraction reviews
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“Gorgeous Plantation Home”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2013

We visited Drayton Hall in May 2013. It was well worth the cab ride from Charleston. The home is a preservation, and close to original condition. The tour guide was very knowledgeable with history of the home and Drayton family and answered all our questions. Thoroughly enjoyed touring the home and grounds. Highly recommend a visit to this plantation.

Visited May 2013
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DraytonHall, Public Relations Manager at Drayton Hall, responded to this review, August 1, 2013
Thank you for the wonderful review! We're so glad you enjoyed your tour guide and your visit, and hope that you'll come again soon!
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