Drayton Hall, circa 1738, is the oldest unrestored plantation house in America still open to the public and the nation’s earliest example of fully executed Palladian architecture.
In mid-2018, fresh additions to Drayton Hall's facilities make your visit to Charleston's most important historic plantation even more exciting and and your journey at Drayton Hall is now constantly changing. Visit the new Museum Gallery and Collections, Educational Center, Courtyard Garden, Caretaker's House, Café (opening August, 2018) and curated Museum Shop.
Drayton Hall, Charleston, South Carolina’s only unrestored plantation house, was acquired by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1974. Instead of restoring it to a specific time period, the Trust took a radical approach to preserve, or stabilize, the site. Today, after seven generations, the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, and numerous hurricanes and earthquakes, the main house remains unaltered, allowing the beauty of the architectural details and compelling stories of its history to become the focus for visitors. The entire site—including the historic grounds with its ancient live oaks, broad vistas, vanished structures, and rare period features—serves as a testimony to America’s heritage.
Visitors discover Drayton Hall through daily tours, programs, and activities, including professionally guided tours, interactive educational programs, the 18th-century African-American cemetery—one of the oldest documented African-American cemeteries in the nation still in use, self-paced nature walks, and a popular Museum Shop with a collection of signature merchandise inspired by Drayton Hall’s history and architecture.
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3380 Ashley River RD,
Charleston, SC 29414
Info & Amenities
Nine mi. NW of downtown Charleston on the Ashley River Rd. (SC 61). Follow signs for historic plantations and gardens.
$22 adults; children ages 12-18 $10; ages 6-11 $6; age 5 and younger admitted free.
Days and Hours of Operation
M-Sa Main Gate open from 9am to 3:30pm. The Museum Shop is open during visiting hours. First tour of the day at 9:30am and on the half hour of every hour thereafter. Last tour at 3:30pm. Connections: From Africa to America is presented at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.
Sunday the main gate opens at 11am and closes at 3:30 pm. The first tour is at 11:30 am and the last is at 3:30 pm. The Museum Shop is open during visiting hours, Connections: From Africa to America is presented at 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm.
Days and Holidays Closed
New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day
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$2 off for military; $1 off AAA