Drayton Hall

Drayton Hall

History Museum and Other Great Outdoors
west of the Ashley, Charleston
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    Has a stamp of approval from The Wall Street Journal and Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
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    Ben K.
    "Maintained, not restored 18th-century plantation."(7 Tips)
    Clay C.
    "It's actually pretty expensive for the house tour."(2 Tips)
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  • Jennifer G.heart icon on user image
    Jennifer G.April 29, 2016
    If you like architecture, this is a wonderful tour. You can take all of the photographs that you like which is a plus! There is no furniture iside the home; this is an unrestored plantation house.
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    Janet PerezNovember 5, 2012
    GORGEOUS PLANTATION/HOME rich w/ African Culture. Sacred African Slave Cemetery on grounds (a must see). Be Respectful of these graves. Natural beauty, unrestored. Perfectly preserved.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    The National Trust's tour is engaging and meticulously factual; when guides reveal the source of the stubborn stains on either side of a fireplace on the first floor, you can believe them. Read more
  • This Is My South
    This Is My SouthSeptember 6, 2014
    Drayton Hall is one of the best examples of Georgian Palladian architecture in the country and hasn't been restored like other plantations. Read more
  • Archaeological Research Collective I.heart icon on user image
    Their historical archaeologists have used their research to inform and better understand the lives and activities of the past inhabitants of Drayton Hall. Read more
  • Ben K.heart icon on user image
    Ben K.July 9, 2017
    Worth the trip. Maintained, not restored 18th-century plantation.
  • Renaissance Hotels
    Renaissance HotelsMay 29, 2012
    Tour this beautiful, spooky former slave plantation for an affecting and honest portrait of Charleston’s slave era. For more local tips, follow us on 4sq or check out www.renhotels.com.
  • C-SPAN
    C-SPANJune 11, 2014
    The Draytons were an important family in the development of the colony of South Carolina. To learn more about the family and the plantation check out this C-SPAN video. Read more
  • Rick T.
    Rick TannerMarch 2, 2010
    Join the Friends of Drayton Hall and The National Historic Trust. The Preservation magazine that comes with the membership is great, plus you get free admission to Drayton and other historic sites
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Michelin Travel & LifestyleSeptember 23, 2013
    Ask about the Connections tours to learn about the lives of enslaved Africans and their descendants at this plantation. – Green Guide Editor
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    Hoyle Kip VinsonJuly 28, 2015
    Like be this place! Gives a sense of what a house looks like after 200 years
  • Bretta C.
    Bretta ChapmanSeptember 8, 2013
    One of the best views is from the beautiful Ashley River.
  • Robert B.heart icon on user image
    Robert BarkleyNovember 27, 2021
    Beautiful historic museum and gardens west of the Ashley along the Ashley River off Ashley River Rd (SC Hwy 61).
  • Volvo O.
    Volvo Of CharlestonJanuary 18, 2012
    Relax your mind & enjoy the tranquil simplicity
  • Mel
    MelMarch 21, 2012
    America's oldest plantation
  • Orson R.
    Orson Robbins-PiankaAugust 25, 2010
    The $17 charge includes a house tour, which only happens on the hour. So if you're arriving at quarter after or something, and don't want to wait around, you might want to buy a different pass.
  • Clay C.
    Clay ChastainDecember 11, 2011
    It's actually pretty expensive for the house tour. It's a neat house but every room seems the same. No furniture and it's not restored so you have to use your imagination. Tour guide is enthusiastic.
  • Rick T.
    Rick TannerMarch 2, 2010
    Always bring a camera
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