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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  • Known as the only real authentic preserved plantation, Drayton Hall is actually on major restoration process. When finished it will be beautiful. We could anyway stroll some of the areas and do some s...  more »
  • We went to this plantation along with another and enjoyed this plantation more even though the other was more famous. Just another part of the early history of our country and of a family.  more »
  • I have always loved Drayton Hall. It's like stepping back into history. Of all the plantation homes I'ves seen throughout the South, Drayton Hall is one of the few in it's now natural state. If you're...  more »
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  • We had a great time visiting Drayton, our tour guide was very informative. It’s definitely worth paying extra for the full tour through the home.
  • Nice old plantation off the Ashley river road. The house is interesting to visit and is quite big. The grounds are not as nice as the other plantations but still beautiful.
  • Mack was a great tour guide. He's 5 stars for sure. The actual Drayton House is amazing too. The grounds, while sparse in comparison to some of the other plantations was still beautiful. When they finish their expansion in the coming months I'm sure it will be 5 stars. Definitely a must do!
  • Excellent tour guide Annika knew her stuff and very well spoken. Loved the old house
  • The grounds and home are beautiful. The best part was how Mack, the tour guide is so knowledgeable and entertaining. Everything is setup nicely and preserved. Great future plans.

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