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“Absolutely stunning”
Review of Drayton Hall

Drayton Hall
Ranked #19 of 240 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.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Absolutely stunning”
Reviewed July 13, 2014

Nothing beats Drayton Hall for a beautiful example of low country architecture. Drayton has not been "restored" nor retouched and as a result it is absolutely stunning. There is no petting zoo or rides or restaurant, just peaceful quiet and the large imposing house overlooking the grounds. Listed on the National Register, this is a "must see" for anyone interested in period architecture, original interiors and an accurate reflection of a style of living now extinct.

Visited July 2014
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DraytonHall, Public Relations Manager at Drayton Hall, responded to this review, August 27, 2014
Thank you! We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit to Drayton Hall. We agree, this National Historic Landmark is "absolutely stunning." We love hearing from guests who enjoyed and appreciated our preservation method. Thank you for recommending the site to other travelers.
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Townsend, Tennessee
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“My Favorite”
Reviewed July 11, 2014

This is not one of the frou-frou house museums all decorated to the nines.
This is a house built before the Revolutionary War and is still standing. It has survived much and has many stories to tell.
Standing on one porch, visitors can look toward the drive and imagine visitors arriving by carriage. On the other, they can look to the Ashley River and imagine those who came by boat.
This is definitely a place to take the time to listen to the past oozing from the walls and grounds.

Visited August 2013
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DraytonHall, Public Relations Manager at Drayton Hall, responded to this review, August 27, 2014
Thank you! We are glad you enjoyed your visit to Drayton Hall. We agree, walking through the house is like stepping back in time. Drayton Hall remains the oldest unrestored plantation house that is open to the public. It sounds like you had a great time on the house tour and walking the grounds. Next time you visit make sure to check out our program Connections: from Africa to America. We hope you will visit again soon!
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Saint James City, Florida
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Breathtaking”
Reviewed July 10, 2014

If you love beautiful old homes and American history, this is the place for you. Practically everything is as it was. Our Tour Guide Karen was fantastic and so knowledgable. She didn't rush and was able to answer all questions. The grounds are beautifully kept and everything is well presented. Thank you National Trust for Historic Preservation for preserving this jewel.

Visited July 2014
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DraytonHall, Public Relations Manager at Drayton Hall, responded to this review, August 27, 2014
We agree, Carin is an outstanding guide here at Drayton Hall. All of our guides spend months researching the history of the site before they give a tour. They choose a particular area to focus on, so that means that no two tours are alike here at Drayton Hall. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit to Drayton Hall and our preservation method. Through our ongoing research and archaeology, we continue to learn more about the site to include on our tours. We hope you will visit again!
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Montecito, California
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“Waste of Time”
Reviewed July 9, 2014

The house is in terrible unrestored, damaged shape with no furnishings. Not much to see walking on grounds, although there is a small slave cemetery. Tours led by the National Preservation Trust.........good luck with restoration, maybe in 20 years at the pace they're going.

Visited June 2014
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DraytonHall, Public Relations Manager at Drayton Hall, responded to this review, August 27, 2014
Drayton Hall is not in a state of ruin. Far from it, it is actually in a rare state of preservation: that is, in nearly original condition as when the first-generation of Draytons moved in when the home was completed in the mid-18th century. Drayton Hall’s Preservation Department is committed to the house's long-term preservation. Our preservation philosophy is to preserve Drayton Hall as it was received from the Drayton family in 1974 by following best practices and applying professional techniques in conservation and stabilization. Working with some of the best craftspeople in the country, we maintain the house at a high level of preservation.

According to a recent assessment by an independent, contracted structural engineer, the house is not collapsing, nor is there an immediate fear of it doing so. The current investigation by our professional preservation staff in conjunction with the structural engineer is focused on the long-term preservation of the house and its iconic portico. There are no future plans to restore the house. To restore the house would require removing and altering architectural elements from 276 years ago that were hand-carved by artisans, some of whom were enslaved.

We regret that you were dissatisfied with your experience and found little to enjoy at Drayton Hall, a National Historic Landmark. Since opening to the public in 1974, Drayton Hall has been celebrated for its iconic architecture, house tour, historic landscape, 18th century African-American cemetery and interactive history program, and museum shop.
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Looking back in time”
Reviewed July 9, 2014

This was a truly real history lesson. The staff was great. I learned so much more about the History of SC and the development of America. It was an eye opening experience.

Visited June 2014
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DraytonHall, Public Relations Manager at Drayton Hall, responded to this review, August 27, 2014
Thank you for your review! Our amazing interpreters all have a minimum of a bachelor's degree and are passionate about presenting an accurate, interesting, and informative history of the site. Reviews like yours show us that we are doing our jobs right! We hope you will visit again. Thank you for recommending Drayton Hall to other visitors!
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