Drayton Hall


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Public tour of 1738 plantation with marsh, nature walks, and historical African American cemetery, includes access to the grounds

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  • $20 for two adult tour tickets ($40 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.

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

It's a great place to bring a picnic lunch. Also take the tour, it's very informative and gives you a reference point for the rest of the property.
Sherry E. · February 24, 2014
Very friendly staff. John was a great house tour guide! Very interesting and informative. His love for history is very apparent. :)
Jeanne M. · February 18, 2014
Great place of history
Evelyn B. · January 26, 2014
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    3380 Ashley River Rd

    Charleston, SC 29414


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