An accredited museum, Drayton Hall is nationally known for its exceptional guided tour of the authentic plantation house. Built between 1738 and 1742, Drayton Hall is the oldest preserved plantation house in America that is open to the public. Admission includes the guided house tour, self-guided walks of the marsh and river, "A Sacred Place" the African-American cemetery, and "Connections: from Africa to America," which discusses the influences of African-Americans at Drayton Hall from the 18th to the 20th centuries.
A National Trust Historic Site, Drayton Hall has served seven generations of the Drayton family including William Henry Drayton, Revolutionary War hero, member of the Continental Congress and chief justice of South Carolina. Although occupied by the British during the Revolutionary War it survived. Drayton Hall is considered one of the finest examples of Georgian Palladian architecture in America. It retains its original interiors and has never been wired for electricity or had plumbing or heating and air installed.
"The Voices of Drayton Hall" Interactive Landscape Tour on DVD is also available year-round. Cross the centuries-old terrain guided by Drayton Hall stories and the voices of its people. Includes free rental of DVD player; easy to navigate with corresponding site markers. Produced by the History Channel.