Drayton Hall, Charleston

#5 of 38 in Historic Sites in Charleston
Architectural Building · Historic Site
See the oldest American plantation house still open to public--Drayton Hall--a typical Palladian style edifice, inspired by ancient Greek and Roman temples. It has remained in close-to-original condition, since the mid-18th century when it was built. Hear about seven generations of Draytons who lived on the property, about their servants, and about slavery. The teapots they used and the marble-topped tables are still there. So are the copper slave tags. Walk through the Victorian gardens and see the reflection pond. Take a guided tour, and have a camera ready. Use our Charleston online road trip planner to arrange your visit to Drayton Hall and other attractions in Charleston.
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  • Visited Drayton Hall and was a bit surprised by how plain the house was and the person who was the guide during our visit did nothing more than answer a question only when asked instead of speaking...  more »
  • Plenty of room to run and play, but other than that, only the most intelligent of children will benefit. I am interested in this history and have a lot of background information, and so, it was...  more »
  • Incredible. From the preservation to the presentation of this plantation’s history, everything is so well done. I wanted something different (read: doesn’t feel like a tourist trap) and Drayton Hall delivered. The house tour was thoughtful, our guide informative and passionate, and afterward we were allowed to wander the grounds. Didn’t feel monitored or closed up. We ended up exploring Drayton over an hour longer than intended. It’s that special. Entry fee is steeper than most but the website offers a discount if you book directly, so it ends up being the same or cheaper than other, less evocative plantations. If you have time to visit one estate on your trip, make it this one. I hope to return, maybe when they have the cafe up and running more. Right now it’s a little bare bones, not really a place to plan on for lunch.
  • Wow, this place is absolutely awesome!! The tour guide truly knew the history on this home, the family, slaves, and area, not just a script. The home is completely in it's original condition, no electricity or plumbing, so no air conditioning. Absolutely a fantastic experience and WELL worth the money!!! If you are in the Charleston area, do not miss this one!

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