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Built in 1738, Drayton Hall is the oldest unrestored plantation house in America still open to the public and the nation’s earliest example of fully executed Palladian architecture. After seven generations, the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, and numerous hurricanes and earthquakes, the main house remains in nearly original condition, allowing visitors to see the beauty of the original architectural details. The entire site—including the historic grounds with its ancient live oaks, broad vistas, vanished structures, and rare period features—serves as a testimony to America’s heritage. Admission includes a guided house tour, access to Drayton Hall’s galleries and garden, and a self-guided audio landscape tour. A visit should also include the 18th-century African-American cemetery—the largest documented African-American cemetery in North America, self-guided river and landscape walks and a stop in the beautiful boutique-style Museum Shop for locally curated merchandise inspired by Drayton Hall’s history and the lowcountry. Drayton Hall is a National Historic Landmark and a must-see plantation house visit when traveling to Charleston. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve/Day, and New Year’s Eve/Day. 3380 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29414. 843-769-2600. Please check the website for the latest information on hours, programs and promotions, tour times, admission fees, and events, and more.

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