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Drayton Hall, Charleston

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
4.2/5 based on 1,400+ 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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  • Very interesting place with an excellent tour lasting about 1hr ($22 pp). While it is true that the house is completely empty, this is actually a plus as it really emphasizes the grand architecture an...  read more »
  • It was very interesting to hear the history of the Drayton Family and how they lived and ran their properties. Very fascinating and unique as this one was not destroyed due to the fact that word got a...  read more »
  • This plantation home is located close to Middleton Place and can be visited on the same day. Luckily, more of this house survives compared to Middleton Place, so the two together give great background...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Disappointed after the build up for others. Over priced admission and it really was nothing special. Save you time and your money.
  • Very cool place with lots of history
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