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: Candlelight Tours of Drayton Hall
When: Dec. 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, & 19, 2020
Time: 6 pm - 7 pm (Gates open at 5:30 pm)
Where: Drayton Hall
Admission: $45 ($5 discount for members). Preregistration is required
Experience Drayton Hall at night this holiday season with special candlelight tours. This is a remarkable way to understand the house and lives which touched it from the perspective of a non-modernized colonial home. After your tour, you are invited to enjoy a warm cup of spiced cider as you stroll back toward the Visitors Center and visit The Shop at Drayton Hall.
What: Spirituals Virtual Concert
When: Dec. 12 & 19, 2020
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Admission: $25 ($5 discount for members) - Purchase tickets here
On two Saturdays this holiday season, December 12th and 19th, 2020, Drayton Hall will hold the annual African American Spirituals Concerts in a virtual format from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. The Spirituals Concert Series represents a most rare opportunity to experience the music of traditional spirituals. Two extraordinary and memorable performances by Ann Caldwell & The Magnolia Singers will be broadcast this year.