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


WhatLabor on the Landscape
When: Feb. 25, 2023
Time: 10 am - 11:30 am
Where: Drayton Hall
Admission: $45

For well over a century, the skill and diligence of enslaved laborers across Drayton Hall’s landscape created both important social spaces for the Draytons and critical work areas where enslaved people worked to maintain the Draytons’ ways of life. This guided landscape walk with curator Amber Satterthwaite will use historic documents, photographs, and archaeology to investigate the unique lives of enslaved individuals and the crucial labor they performed on the landscape. Register online


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