“A National Trust Historic Site”
Drayton Hall is different. It’s the real thing, and we are bound by our mission to preserve the property—that is, to keep it in near-original condition just as the National Trust received it from the Drayton family in 1974. Instead of being restored to the vision of those who lived centuries after it was built, Drayton Hall is an artifact that has survived the American Revolution, the Civil War, the earthquake of 1886, hurricanes like Hugo, and maybe most surprisingly today, urban sprawl. On top of that, it’s not just that it’s a survivor. The main house is considered one of the finest examples of Georgian-Palladian architecture in the United States. The grounds represent one of the most significant, undisturbed historic landscapes in America. And Drayton Hall’s stories—stories of race, family, culture, sacrifice, innovation, and preservation—reveal who we are and where we’ve come from.
What we enjoyed most was the fact that it wasn't furnished. Just a bare bones beautiful old house.
This was by far our favorite plantation on our trip to Charleston. Our guide was superb. She really knew the history behind this house, and did a good job bringing it to life. It's the only intact house in Charleston, most of the other plantation houses you will see have been rebuilt at least 1-2 times. If you love history, this is a must stop. No frills or tourist gimmicks here.
Link for tickets: http://www.draytonhall.org/visit/buy-tickets/
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