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Drayton Hall, Charleston

(4.1/5 based on 1,500+ reviews on the web)
See the oldest American plantation house still open to public--Drayton Hall--a typical Palladian style edifice, inspired by ancient Greek and Roman temples. It has remained in close-to-original condition, since the mid-18th century when it was built. Hear about seven generations of Draytons who lived on the property, about their servants, and about slavery. The teapots they used and the marble-topped tables are still there. So are the copper slave tags. Walk through the Victorian gardens and see the reflection pond. Take a guided tour, and have a camera ready. Work out when and for how long to visit Drayton Hall and other Charleston attractions using our handy Charleston holiday planner.
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  • I visited here last year, while on a business trip, I wanted to see a preserved plantation, as it was in the day. The grounds were nice (watch out for gators) and the home was lovely. The front was be...  more »
  • We have followed this place since they began preserving it, and what a wonderful job they have done. Take your time. 
  • I went on the guided tour through the house and grounds. The architecture is beautiful and it easy to imagine yourself back in the 1800s while walking the grounds. Located on the Ashley River, Drayton...  more »
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  • Great location, setting, and atmosphere. This mansion is tucked away on the Ashley river and remains mostly untouched since the original days. While I don't think this experience will blow you away, it is definitely something you should see and experience while in Charleston. Very picturesque.
  • Just okay. Wife dragged me here and I had been on a few other mansion tours. This one however focuses more on preservation instead of restoration, so the inside of the house is run down, paint peeling, hard to get an exact idea of how lavish the lifestyle was. Grounds seem nice, but we weren't interested in walking around after the house was kind of a let down. Not worth the cash IMO
  • One of the best tour guides I've ever had, but I can't remember the young man's name. The house was great and educational. I also enjoyed how it was more of a preserved home and less restored or altered like alot of the other plantations are.
  • It was nice to see an original plantation house rather than a replica. The family and National Trust have done well to maintain the building and the guide who conducted the tour was knowledgable and friendly.
  • Very disappointing. The house is so run down there is hardly any history preserved as claimed. You are not allowed to see all the rooms and it's completely empty. Also no history of what happened there... Let's be honest we all want to hear about Lord Cornwallace commandeering it! Not worth your money- save it and go elsewhere for the true experience.