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Drayton Hall, Charleston

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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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TripAdvisor
  • If you are checking out Charleston area plantation reviews, and trying to decide where to go, put Drayton Hall on your list. It is Very Different from the other plantations. See all of them, if you ca...  more »
  • I loved experiencing a plantation untouched yet in perfect shape. It was a wonderful plantation to walk through, hear about the history and know that family still returns each year. The rooms are empt...  more »
  • I didn't expect much of a house with no furniture, but was quickly proved wrong. First, we joined a guide for a very informative talk about the connection between Africa and the slave trade. The guide...  more »
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  • 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
  • One of the true plantations around Charleston. TONS of history, mostly untouched. Kids may find it a little boring.
  • 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!
  • Overall I would not recommend visiting Drayton Hall. The prices are quite high ($22 per adult). For that, you get a talk about the property and history, most of which they admit they don't known if the facts are true and verifiable. After, you get to go on an agonizingly slow tour of the house, room by room, where the quite points out mundane facts, like the mantle and shelf above it were not installed in the same year. Another fun fact is the ceiling is the third one installed. You get the gist, very dry and boring. Additionally, only the main house remains. The two flanking houses as shown in the pictures were demolished or destroyed after storms and an earthquake. My recommendation is to skip Drayton Hall and just visit Magnolia Gardens down the road.