Drayton Hall


Drayton Hall

Drayton Hall is one of the only pre-Revolutionary houses 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 brought to Drayton Hall as slaves. When you visit, be advised that the house looks like 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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Drayton Hall Hours and Admission


Hours:
Wednesday - Monday: 9 am - 3:30 pm

Admission:
Adults (15+) $26
Youth (8-14) $10
Children 7 and under Free


Drayton Hall Address and Map


Drayton Hall
3380 Ashley River Rd
Charleston SC 29414
(843) 769-2600
Drayton Hall Website


Current and Upcoming Events
at Drayton Hall


What: Sip and Stroll 
When: June 1, 2024
Time: 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Where: Drayton Hall
Admission: General Admission $40 / Friends of Drayton Hall $35

You are invited to attend the most extraordinary outdoor Charleston food and wine event.  On select dates throughout 2024, you will be welcomed to historic Drayton Hall, c.1738, and Conde Nast Traveler’s Best Place to See in South Carolina – the must see visit of your trip to Charleston, SC – to enjoy our new Landscape Audio Tour.  Guests will be served wine and local brews while walking the grounds and learning about the historic happenings on the landscape. Guests will also receive a complimentary wine glass, or koozie, to take home. Register online.


What: Service Spaces and Paint Analysis
When: June 13, 2024
Time: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Where: Drayton Hall
Admission: Donate what you can

Service spaces are parts of a house that support the needs of a household. They are rooms, closets, and corridors that are easy to overlook or deliberately hidden, and they can speak volumes about the lives and work of enslaved people whose stories, like the spaces they inhabited, are also frequently overlooked. In this webinar, we’ll share how archival research and paint analysis are revealing new insights about service spaces and the people who used them. Register online.


What: Drayton Hall at Night
When: June 15, 2024
Time: 6:00 pm
Where: Drayton Hall
Admission: Adults $20 / Youths $5 / Children 7 and under Free

Experience Drayton Hall after hours! Bring a date, a group of friends, or the family to Drayton Hall at Night!

Enjoy the beautiful landscape and live music on the lawn. The house will be open to tour and talk with our knowledgeable interpreters as well as our archaeologists who will be on the landscape to tell you about their most recent finds.

Bring a picnic or pre-purchase a cheese and charcuterie tray.
Beer & wine will be available for purchase on-site (credit card only). *Outside alcohol is not permitted.

Register online.


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