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Address: 3380 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414-7126
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+1 843-769-2600
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09:00 - 03:30
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Sun 11:00 - 03:30
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 03:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Circa 1738, Drayton Hall is the oldest unrestored plantation house in...

Circa 1738, Drayton Hall is the oldest unrestored plantation house in America still open to the public.

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Walk back in time

We visited here on the recommendation from a friend and we were not disappointed. We had our very young grandchildren with us though and I would not recommend the tour for them as... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Landstuhl, Germany
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Landstuhl, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited here on the recommendation from a friend and we were not disappointed. We had our very young grandchildren with us though and I would not recommend the tour for them as it is not very exciting my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the guided tour and the self guided walking tour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wonderful preservation of pre revolutionary home. Matt gave a very interesting and informative tour of the house. A great glimpse into the past.

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Portland, Maine, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Many people had mentioned a visit to Drayton Hall when we knew we were visiting Charleston. I work for a historical society library and my friend is a history PhD, so we often visit historic homes on our trips. This one did not disappoint and was a welcome change since it represented the preservation approach as opposed to restoration. Our... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited Drayton Hall for first time and was very impressed. The drive. Ack into the property is very relaxing and the first view of the old plantation house is impressive. Truly one of the finest examples of Palladium architecture found in our country. Everyone at the plantation was very friendly and welcoming. Our tour guide Mack did a wonderful job... More 

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Southington, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visiting Drayton Hall provides a unique opportunity to visit an historic plantation which somehow survived (there are a couple of theories, as described by our tour guide) the Civil War and has been lovingly preserved - an ongoing process. It's interesting to see the architecture, without furniture, of this time and learn how it was maintained within one family until... More 

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Charleston SC, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Most plantations were destroyed by Sherman's march to Charleston. This plantation survived. It is shown empty of furniture to show the architecture, and you can even see graffiti over one of the fireplaces by revolutionary war soldiers. The gardens are not that exciting, and I would leave less time to see this plantation, but it is one worth seeing as... More 

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Avon, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Absolutely amazing, historic plantation and the only one in the area that survived the Civil War. This is the real deal, and is being preserved, not restored and there is a huge difference (you will be educated as to what that means and why it is important) You will see a home that belonged to one family, that was never... More 

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Summerville, SC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Drayton hall has not been heated or air conditioned. The wall were not updated. This is a true Plantation without any furnishings. Visit history and take a tour to hear the history about a working Plantation when the highway was the river!!!

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New Providence, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

They charge $22 for admission which includes a 40 minute tour and a 25 minute discussion. The plantation has been preserved not restored. The rooms do not have any furniture. The tour guide did a nice job explaining the history of the property. The grounds are beautiful.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Handsome house sits magnificently on open greensward. House is largely intact, both interior and exterior.. No furnishings but outstanding guides tell history of house and lead you through. Underway is a planned restoration of the gardens, which are now simply beautiful trees, waterfront, and green grass. Great gift shop. This is a a preservation rather than restoration, so if furniture... More 

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