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. Use our Charleston online road trip planner to arrange your visit to Drayton Hall and other attractions in Charleston.
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  • October 3, 2017
    We had our small dog with us so we just did the grounds visit. They have a short presentation outside before the tours which we attended which was excellent and then walked the grounds using the broch...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    The whole place is maintained according to "preservation not restoration" rule what basically means: leave everything as it was. Because the building was abandoned for many years there is in fact noth...  more »
  • September 28, 2017
    Drayton Hall was my favorite tour we did while in Charleston. The house, while empty, shows preservation at it's finest. and the tour was one of the most insightful we had. About a twenty minute drive...  more »
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  • July 9, 2017
    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
  • June 17, 2017
    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.
  • April 5, 2017
    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
  • June 23, 2017
    Beautifully preserved, not restored home in a wonderful setting with lots of history.
  • November 23, 2016
    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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