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Charleston Sights

Drayton Hall

  • 3380 Ashley River Rd. Map It
  • West Ashley
  • Building/Architectural Site

Updated 10/03/2014

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Considered the nation's finest example of Palladian-inspired architecture, Drayton Hall is the only plantation house on the Ashley River to have survived the Civil War intact. A National Trust Historic Site built between 1738 and 1742, it's an invaluable lesson in history as well as in architecture. The home has been left unfurnished to highlight the original plaster moldings, opulent hand-carved woodwork, and other ornamental details. Regular tours, with guides known for their in-depth knowledge, depart on the half hour and paint a vivid picture of the people who once inhabited this fabled house. Visitors can also see the African-American cemetery and even take part in the 45-minute "Connections" program that uses maps and historic documents to trace the story of Africans from their journey to America, through slavery, and into the 20th century.

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3380 Ashley River Rd., Charleston, South Carolina, 29414, United States

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Sight Details:

  • $20
  • Mon.–Sat. 9–3:30, Sun. 11–3:30

Updated 10/03/2014


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Mar 31, 2009

Best area plantation house

This is the only Charleston-area plantation house to survive the Civil War. It's a stunner to visit, not refurbished at all, but shown in its striking, raw glory. Gorgeous outside and still containing much of its interior architectural ornament. The tour is very informative and nicely done. There's not much else here (no gardens to speak of, two modest trails), but the house needs no extras to make its impression. This and the other Ashley River plantations

can now be visited via a shuttle service, allowing an "Ease" rating of 5 for those without a car. An absolute must, and the plantation to see if you can only see one.

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Sep 25, 2008

Good value, pure history

Drayton Hall is less expensive than the surrounding plantations, and more authentic, with the original house still standing. Guides are friendly and informative, providing a nice mix of history and culture, with amusing anecdotes of the family history. There are also picnic tables and two walks to explore.

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Jul 31, 2008

Perfect for history buffs

This tour was part of the Heritage pass but was on the list anyway. The tour guide was informative and this home gave us the most insight into the area.

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