Drayton Hall

3380 Ashley River RD

Charleston, SC 29414

Phone: (843) 769-2600

City: Charleston

Region: Coastal & Islands

Drayton Hall

Drayton Hall is nationally known for its exceptional guided tour of the authentic plantation house. Established in 1738 by John Drayton, Drayton Hall is the oldest preserved plantation house in America that is open to the public. All-inclusive admission includes the professionally guided house tour; self-guided nature walks; "A Sacred Place": one of the oldest African-American cemeteries in the nation still in use; the "Connections: from Africa to America" program, which discusses the site's African American history; and a popular Museum Shop, including a range of signature merchandise and other unique items by local artisans. 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.

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