History tends to repeat itself, which means there’s a good chance you’ll get run over by another war elephant. Admire what history has taught us thus far with today’s Groupon: for $19, you get a one-year basic membership to Drayton Hall, located in northwest Charleston (a $40 value).
Built in 1738 as the centerpiece of a colonial rice plantation, Georgian Palladian-style Drayton Hall is a National Trust Historic Site and one of the only pre-Revolutionary homes that remains in close-to-original condition today, surviving the American Revolution, the Civil War, the earthquake of 1886 and major hurricanes. Explore this historic abode firsthand with a professionally guided tour, offered once every hour, on the hour. During each 30- to 60-minute tour, sight orbs will absorb three centuries’ worth of architecture with trips into Drayton Hall's rooms, including the great hall, the withdrawing room and the large bedchamber. Explore the landscape that surrounds the main house during the marsh and river walks, which take guests past Drayton Hall's 18th-century privy and colonial rice fields.
The basic one-year membership includes unlimited admission for you and up to four guests, as well as access to exclusive members-only events at Drayton Hall. You'll also receive a 10% discount on purchases made in-store and online at the museum shop.
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.
3380 Ashley River Rd.
Charleston, South Carolina 29414Get Directions