Drayton Hall

3380 Ashley River RD

Charleston, SC 29414

Phone: (843) 769-2600

City: Charleston

Region: Coastal & Islands

Drayton Hall

Circa 1738, Drayton Hall is the oldest unrestored plantation house in America still open to the public and the nation’s earliest example of fully executed Palladian architecture. Drayton Hall 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 house tours, the interactive “Connections: From Africa to America” program, 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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