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Drayton Hall, Charleston

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#5 of 25 in Historic Sites in Charleston
Architectural Building Historic Site
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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  • Get a tour and walk the grounds ($22/adult) History is long and deep here. This home has survived any number of potential catastrophes. The house is unfurnished and bare. Not a horrible thing. You can...  more »
  • My friend and I visited Drayton Hall. We both love history and so enjoyed the tour. The tour guide who took us through the house was very knowledgeable. My one disappointment with the house portion wa...  more »
  • This is a great place to visit to understand the history of Charleston and the Region. It is easily reachable if you are staying in the city about a 15/20 mins drive away. Admission is reasonable with...  more »
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  • Drayton Hall is a beautiful structure that is a do not miss for architecture and history buffs, as well as people that want to feel like they are stepping back in time when they enter the house. It truly is something special. One of my top things to see in South Carolina
  • This is a neat plantation to see, beautiful grounds. You are not going to see all that you see at Magnolia or Boone hall, but it's still pretty neat to see.
  • Beautiful plantation house and grounds, currently undergoing some expansion to the visitor center to further the education aspect of the tours. Very knowledgeable staff who give a good insight into the layers of history the building has seen
  • Beautifully preserved, not restored home in a wonderful setting with lots of history.
  • What beautiful architecture! I love the fact that this plantation is preserved in its original condition. There aren't many museums that can make that claim. The staff is very knowledgeable about the history and make the tours very interesting. We were so very pleased that we stopped here!

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Charleston is serviced by dozens of local hotels and practically every major U.S. chain. Expect to pay top dollar for a room on the downtown peninsula, particularly if you wish to stay in one of the historic hotels. The upside of taking a room there is the proximity of all major attractions--you won't need a car to explore and enjoy your visit. Less expensive options are available in North Charleston, West Ashley, and Mount Pleasant, where you'll find all kinds of inns for the budget-conscious traveler.
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