On March 2 - the anniversary of John Drayton's taking possession of Drayton Hall's property - Archaeologist Sarah Stroud Clarke leads a walk and talk on the digs and discoveries which told the story of what came before Drayton Hall. Who came before? What was this property used for? Sarah dives in to her research on the pre-history of Drayton Hall in both occupants and transfers. The most important historic plantation home to see and visit in Charleston, Drayton Hall, has ground which can tell hundreds of stories. On March 8, 2020 the ground weighs in on what Drayton Hall was in the centuries before the world knew it as Charleston's most important plantation home and the only surviving plantation home in Charleston's Ashley River Historic District.
In this educational event, Sarah will discuss her property transfer research and the discovery of an earlier structure on the high ground at Drayton Hall. Sarah will also discuss what has been learned about pre-Colonial occupation of the Drayton Hall land. Charleston was founded late in the history of this land: Archaeological finds have told the story about who and what came before.
The pre-Drayton discoveries represent years of Sarah's research at Drayton Hall and are historically and archaeologically some of the most important stories the ground have told us. On this anniversary of the property moving to the original Drayton-owner, John Drayton join Sarah for a most exciting archaeological journey told in layers of discovery, research, and artifacts.
$40/ Non-Members, $30/ Members. Space is limited and registration is required.