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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  • Worth a visit, but different from the other plantation attractions. This is designed for those interested in history and architecture as it is, but as the planned improvements and additions are introd...  more »
  • We stopped by Middleton Place first with the intention of visiting it, and were put off by the $43 admission price to see the grounds and the gardens. So we went one plantation over to Drayton Hall an...  more »
  • You need to be aware that this is not a furnished home. It is in its original state and has been preserved. This is what makes this tour and home so fascinating. There has been extensive work done in ...  more »
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  • Fun day all around... Make sure to make time to walk around the lake to see dozens of alligators. Many were 8 feet and larger!
  • Although some people are reportedly put off by it's lack of furnishings, I found that element a plus. Without the distractions, you are able to truly focus on the architectural elements such as the incredible hand carved trim work. The depth of the three dimensional carvings over the doorways and along the cieling are breath taking. The slavery presentation was short,but sensative and well done. I'd definitely recommend Drayton Hall over the more tourist and money oriented plantations in the area.
  • Drayton Hall delivers serious history. Unlike many other area plantations, Drayton Hall is not restored and appointed with Antebellum furniture and artifacts. Rather, the house is empty and in a largely unrestored condition that may appeal to those interested in architectural history. Be aware that as a historic building, there is no heat or air conditioning, and some of the stairs are tall and steep. The site has knowledgeable docents who provide tours and can answer questions about the estate's lengthy history. They do not gloss-over the history of slavery at the site, and in fact integrate the subject throughout tours. At the time of writing this, there is a project to construct a new visitor center underway.
  • Nice historical plantation from the days of harsh slavery and much more. Take the to our of the Last remaining Restored Mansion since thee old plantation days
  • 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.

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