Drayton Hall

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Circa 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. Never modernized with electric lighting, plumbing, or central heating or air conditioning, the main house is unfurnished, allowing the beauty of the architectural details to become the focus for visitors. 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 daily tours, programs, and activities, including a professionally guided house tour on the half hour starting at 9:30am Monday through Saturday, 11:30am on Sunday; the interactive “Connections: From Africa to America” program; the 18th-century African-American cemetery—one of the oldest documented African-American cemeteries in the nation still in use; an award-winning “Voices of Drayton Hall” historic grounds tour on DVD; self-paced river and marsh walks; and a popular Museum Shop with a collection of signature merchandise inspired by Drayton Hall’s history and architecture. Drayton Hall is a National Historic Landmark and a National Trust Historic Site. Open daily except 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 programs and promotions, admission fees, and events like the annual Spirituals Concerts, and more. www.draytonhall.org

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3380 Ashley River Rd
Charleston, SC 29414

Contact:

(843) 769-2600
info@draytonhall.org

Hours:

Monday–Saturday 9am–5pm; Sunday 11am–5pm; Gates close at 3:30pm

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