Drayton Hall is one of the only pre-Revolutionary houses that remains in close original condition and the oldest preserved plantation house in America still open to the public. The plantation was built in 1738 and owned by the Drayton family until it was sold to the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1974. When you visit Drayton Hall, you will learn about the Drayton family along with the seven generations of the Bowen family that were brought to Drayton Hall as slaves. When you visit, be advised that the house looks much the way it did in the early years, and it is displayed unfurnished. The Gates Gallery, located on the plantation grounds, has a rotating exhibit of decorative art objects that once belonged to the Drayton Family. The gallery also displays archeological artifacts from the estate and its inhabitants. While at the plantation, visit one of the oldest documented African American Cemeteries still in use. The earliest surviving record describes its use as a “burying ground” from around 1790. Allow about 2 hours to tour the house, the yard and the cemetery.
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Monday - Saturday 9 am - 3:30 pm
Sunday 10 am - 3:30 pm
Adults (15+) $32
Youth (8-14) $15
Children 7 and under Free
What: Archaeology Thursday Demonstration
When: Mar. 12, Apr. 9, May 14, Jun. 11, Jul. 9, Aug. 13, Sep. 10, Oct. 8 , Nov. 12 and Dec. 10, 2020
Time: 10 am - 2 pm
Where: Hill Hall at Drayton Hall
Admission: Demonstrations are included with your admission
Archaeology Thursdays is held on the second Thursday of every month in Hill Hall at Drayton Hall. Drayton Hall is an active archaeological site with excavations dating back 40 years. Archaeologists share these objects, stories, and include you in the archaeological process during these demonstrations.
What: Prosecco on the Portico of Drayton Hall
When: Sunday March 8, April 26 & May 17, 2020
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Where: Drayton Hall Plantation
Take a step away from downtown Charleston to experience the 125-acre historic landscape of Drayton Hall, c. 1738. Drayton Hall is the only colonial plantation house in the Ashley River historic plantation district of Charleston, SC to have survived both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. No visit, or understanding, of Charleston’s history is complete without a visit to Drayton Hall.
This event accepts limited guests and will sell out early. Please use the website link above and then click on events to purchase tickets.
What: Historic Entertaining and Wine Tasting
When: Mar. 21, 2020
Time: 2 pm - 4 pm
Where: George W McDaniel Education Center at Drayton Hall
Admission: Register in Advance: $65 for non-member / $55 for member
Come to Drayton Hall for a historic entertaining-inspired interpretive conversation followed by a wine tasting. Take the opportunity to learn about the Draytons’ entertaining through research, archaeological discoveries, and Drayton diaries. Then, enjoy wines with histories relevant to entertaining at Drayton Hall through the generations.