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: Just Sharing
When: Feb. 11, 2024
Time: 2:00 pm
Where: Drayton Hall
Admission: Free

On February 11, 2024 at 2:00, Drayton Hall will host Just Sharing: Building Community through Stories of Our Past, a partnership project of South Carolina Humanities, Clemson University, and the University of South Carolina.

The aim of this community-centered project is to foster fellowship and create empathy through conversations about our shared past, present, and future.

This unique event will feature presentations from three historians who will share stories regarding the impacts of hate on society with the aim of facilitating discussion and giving attendees the opportunity to listen to and learn from one another. Our speakers will be Rhondda Thomas, Ph.D., of Clemson University; Jennifer Gunter, Ph.D., of the University of South Carolina; and George McDaniel, Ph.D., President of McDaniel Consulting, LLC.

Following the historians’ presentations, light refreshments will be served, and participants will be invited to share their own thoughts, experiences, and observations.

Just Sharing is a series of panel discussions in eleven communities across South Carolina funded by the National Endowment for Humanities Initiative “United We Stand: Connecting through Culture.” The in-person format will share difficult stories from the past regarding the impact of hate on society with the aim of inspiring community members to work toward shared goals. This is a donate-what-you-can event.

Register online.


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