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


WhatSip and Stroll on the Drayton Hall Landscape
When: Oct. 8, 2022
Time: 2 pm - 4 pm
Where: Drayton Hall
Admission: $30 Members / $35 Non-Members

You are invited to attend the most extraordinary outdoor Charleston food and wine event.  On select dates throughout 2022 & 2023 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 learn about the historic happenings on the landscape. Guests will also receive a complimentary wine glass, or koozie, to take home. Register online


WhatSweetgrass Weaving Workshop with Henrietta Snype
When: Oct. 15, 2022
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Where: Drayton Hall
Admission: $105

Join us for this special Charleston, SC experience! Drayton Hall welcomes Charleston’s beloved Henrietta Snype for a hands-on sweetgrass weaving workshop. Our guests will learn the historical significance of this unique craft from the absolute best.

About Henrietta Snype: A native of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, Henrietta learned the art of weaving Sweetgrass Baskets at the age of 7 from her mother, Mary Mazyck, who learned the art from her mother Elizabeth Johnson and so on since before the Middle Passage. She has taught this valuable skill to her children and grandchildren. Henrietta went on to pursue an education in business after graduating high school. In the early 1980’s, she began working in schools. Henrietta continues teaching this art in schools, universities, giving demonstrations, and workshops around the world.

Henrietta is the pioneer of Sweetgrass basket making. Her work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian, the Henry Ford Museum, The McKissick Museum and the Birmingham Arts Festival. Register online


WhatDrayton Hall Oyster Roast
When: Dec. 4, 2022
Time: 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Where: Drayton Hall
Admission: $85+

Drayton Hall is pleased to announce the 2022 Drayton Hall Oyster Roast! A long time favorite of local families and visitors alike, Drayton Hall throws the best annual oyster roast to celebrate the Christmas season in Charleston! Register early, this event sells out early every year!

Join us for our Annual Deck the Hall Oyster Roast and delight in the historical significance of these local delicacies! All-you-can-eat oysters, a chili bar, and local beverages will ensure that you have a great time all while supporting the Drayton Hall mission. We invite you to arrive early and explore the exhibits at Drayton Hall ahead of the Oyster Roast start time. Your Oyster Roast ticket will act as admission to the grounds. Lawn chairs are welcome but please leave pets, coolers, and outside food at home. This is a 21 and over event that sells out every year. Get your tickets early!

Tickets make the perfect gift for friends, family, or business associates and clients! For 2022, we are pleased to offer the opportunity to buy a private table of six for your group, too! Register online


WhatDrayton Hall Candlelight Tours
When: Nov. 26, Dec, 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 & 17, 2022
Time: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Where: Drayton Hall
Admission: $55

Create a very special historic memory this year in Charleston, SC. Take a candlelight tour of Charleston, SC’s historic estate, Drayton Hall circa 1738.

Beautiful and moving, this eighteenth century historic house is the oldest untouched home open to the public in the United States. On select dates, Drayton Hall will be open for these reservation-only Candlelight Tours to a limited number of guests on the dates below.

Experience Drayton Hall at night with these incredibly special candlelight experiences. This is a remarkable way to understand the house and the lives which touched it – and historic Charleston – from the perspective of a preserved colonial home.

After your tour, we invite you to enjoy a warm cup of a seasonal beverage (non-alcoholic) as you stroll back toward the Visitors Center and visit The Shop at Drayton Hall. Register online


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