Drayton Hall

Charleston

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Group or private tour of 1738 plantation with marsh, nature walks, and historical African American cemetery

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Promotional value expires Jan 30, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. 72hr advance reservation required for connoisseur tour, subject to availability. 24hr cancellation notice required. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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Choose from Three Options

  • $18 for two adult tour tickets (a $36 value)
  • $33 for four adult tour tickets (a $72 value)
  • $68 for a one-hour private connoisseur tour for up to five guests (a $140 value)

On the adult tour, visitors journey through the main house with guidance from a professional guide. Also included is a program on African American history and a self-guided exploration of the grounds, river marsh, and historical African American cemetery. Alternatively, the connoisseur tour is a private, one-hour tour for up to five that explores the house at the pace of each guest. Guests can customize the tour to their liking, allowing more time to enjoy its magnificent architecture.

Children aged 5 and younger are admitted free of charge. See Drayton Hall's hours here.

Drayton Hall

When John Drayton broke ground on Drayton Hall in 1738, he had no idea that his estate would survive the American Revolution, the Civil War, an earthquake, and numerous hurricanes. The stories contained in the building’s walls span seven generations of history tied to the Draytons and the Bowens family, an African American family that lived and worked at Drayton Hall before and after emancipation. Since 1974, when Charles and Frank Drayton sold their ancestral home to the National Trust, visitors have been able to transport themselves into the past with more ease than rubbing the beard at the Lincoln Memorial.

The main house, a sweeping example of Georgian Palladian architecture, is the oldest near-original, unrestored colonial home in the United States. Like a helpful ghost, the grand rooms and original fireplaces whisper history into the ears of all visitors, telling tales of British and colonial soldiers who occupied the house during the American Revolution. Views from the portico are filled with drooping trees, spanish moss, and a grand driveway. Surrounding the estate, an undisturbed historic landscape backs up to the Ashley River, and also encompasses A Sacred Place, the oldest African American cemetery in the country still in use.

Drayton Hall

Drayton Hall

When John Drayton broke ground on Drayton Hall in 1738, he had no idea that his estate would survive the American Revolution, the Civil War, an earthquake, and numerous hurricanes. The stories contained in the building’s walls span seven generations of history tied to the Draytons and the Bowens family, an African American family that lived and worked at Drayton Hall before and after emancipation. Since 1974, when Charles and Frank Drayton sold their ancestral home to the National Trust, visitors have been able to transport themselves into the past with more ease than rubbing the beard at the Lincoln Memorial.

The main house, a sweeping example of Georgian Palladian architecture, is the oldest near-original, unrestored colonial home in the United States. Like a helpful ghost, the grand rooms and original fireplaces whisper history into the ears of all visitors, telling tales of British and colonial soldiers who occupied the house during the American Revolution. Views from the portico are filled with drooping trees, spanish moss, and a grand driveway. Surrounding the estate, an undisturbed historic landscape backs up to the Ashley River, and also encompasses A Sacred Place, the oldest African American cemetery in the country still in use.

Customer Reviews

Really enjoyed our visit there. The presentation we saw and the tour we took were both very good.
John Mark P. · February 21, 2013
We loved it and even bought a Friends of Drayton Hall membership!
Catherine H. · February 19, 2013
Loved checking out Drayton Hall. The grounds were beautiful and the tour was very informative. We had a wonderful time and would definitely go back!
Amanda C. · January 20, 2013
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    Charleston

    3380 Ashley River Rd.

    Charleston, South Carolina 29414

    843-769-2600

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