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Drayton Hall

3380 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414-7126
+1 843-769-2600
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If you love history, this is a must see. The only surviving plantation home along the Ashley. The... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Mike629
An absolute must-see

While it lacks the monumental gardens found at Magnolia Plantation up the road, Drayton Hall more... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Jeff K
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Circa 1738, Drayton Hall is the oldest unrestored plantation house in America still open to the public.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good26%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 03:30
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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3380 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414-7126
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Reviewed yesterday

If you love history, this is a must see. The only surviving plantation home along the Ashley. The overall experience may not be as grand as other locations, but the historical mansion more than makes up for it and something the other locations unfortunately lack.

Thank Mike629
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Reviewed 2 days ago

While it lacks the monumental gardens found at Magnolia Plantation up the road, Drayton Hall more than makes up for in its entirely unique main home: unlike any other historic home I've seen to date, Drayton has been effectively left in situ: entirely unrestored, with...More

Thank Jeff K
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here as it is the first one on Ashley River Road. Wished we had gone on to the next one. After paying $$$$ to see a plantation house, no gardens and no furniture inside we felt we were a little ripped off. Go...More

Thank Susan A
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Even though there are no furnishings in the house, I still enjoyed my tour. The house is very stately and well-preserved. The guide (Mary Jo) was extremely knowledgeable.

Thank Julie P
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Would consider this a must see. This is the only original planation home in the area and it has not been restored. You get to see it in its original state. Twice a day they give a 30 minute talk on slave life that was...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are interested in architecture and an 18th century plantation house that has not been changed, this is it. The craftsmanship still stands the test of time over the centuries. It is rare to find such a gem in our modern world. Although unfurnished,...More

Thank Susan W
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a somewhat unusual property, in that it is a pre-Revolutionary War home in the South, only 15 miles from Charleston, and survived both that war and the Civil War. It is not a "low country" style property, it is a pure Palladian vision....More

Thank Elizabeth G
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Drayton Hall is a very informative stop. The house is as it was when it was built. It isn't furnished but it doesn't take much imagination to picture how it was. It is carefully preserved to keep its authenticity. The tour guide we had was...More

Thank hikertoo
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a great day we had. The day was warm, and we walked around, taking pictures, enjoying the grounds while we waited for our tour time. When it was our tour time, we were greeted by a nice young man, and were given a history...More

Thank jlkkshic
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The place is beautiful. But the most impressive is the stuff who runs the place and does the tours. We were totally impressed with the our house tour guide (I think the lady's name was Rosemarie, but I might be wrong). She was so enthusiastic...More

Thank ItsmeJoie
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Andy T
4 May 2018|
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Response from Dreyfus01 | Reviewed this property |
To the best of my knowledge, yes. Sorry for the delay in responding.
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31 August 2017|
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Response from CR S | Reviewed this property |
The new Visitor Center/Museum (Opening in 2018) will be fully accessible. . Drayton Hall is not, nor is it required to be ADA compliant.
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31 August 2017|
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Response from Diane B | Reviewed this property |
Not really. There is a tiny shop in which it would be hard to turn a wheelchair around. By next summer there will be a brand new large visitor center that presumably will be accessible. We took stairs to go up to the second... More
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