Drayton Hall

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  • Address: 3550 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29414, 29414, United States
  • Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-8435711266
  • Fax: +1-8437660878
  • Ticket Price: 22 USD
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Garden, Family And Kids, Architecture , Heritage Building, Hall, Landmarks, Historic And Protected Sites

Drayton Hall - Review

The importance of this hall lies in the fact that it has been declared as the “finest of plantation houses all over US”. This is at present the most important part of the Magnolia gardens and plantation estate. This house was built by John Drayton separately as he knew that he will not possibly inherit the property of the Magnolia gardens being the third son of his father.

The house is now opened to the public as an old hall where you can take a look of old plantation house interiors. The lifestyle of these upscale people was a bit different from the middle class people and that is what the center of attraction is here in this hall. The interior décor, the plaster of the walls, the wooden floors and balconies are all very uncommon out here. You should definitely spend some time here in this house and enjoy the past of this city life.

Drayton Hall Information

  • Guided tours are available here.
  • The historic cemetery is an added attraction here.
  • There is a very good museum shop from where you can buy gifts.
  • There are quite a few interactive programs that are held over here.

Drayton Hall Ticket Prices

  • $10 for 12-18 years, $6 for 6-11 years
  • Entry is free below 6 years of age.

Drayton Hall Opening and Closing Hours

  • Entry closes at 3:30 PM.
  • The 1st tour everyday starts at 9:30 AM.

Restaurants Near Drayton Hall

  • Big Billy’s Burger Joint
  • Middleton Place Restaurant
  • Charleston House of Pizza
  • Nigel’s Good Food
  • Sticky Fingers
  • Sunflower Cafe
  • Cafe Fork
  • FATZ
  • La Nortena Taqueria Mexican Grill

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  • Drayton Hall Address: 3550 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29414, 29414, United States
  • Drayton Hall Contact Number: +1-8435711266
  • Drayton Hall Timing: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Drayton Hall Price: 22 USD
  • Best time to visit Drayton Hall(preferred time): 09:30 am - 03:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Drayton Hall: 02:00 Hrs
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  • 95% of people who visit Charleston include Drayton Hall in their plan

  • 73.72% of people start their Drayton Hall visit around 11 AM - 12 PM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Drayton Hall

Monday, Friday and Saturday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Drayton Hall

People normally club together Magnolia Plantation And Gardens and Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge while planning their visit to Drayton Hall.

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  • This is a bare-bones skeletal structure of the past. The grounds, while devoid of a properly flowered garden, is well maintained and provides a charm for those that crave a snapshot in time. The house, as stated, has absolutely nothing inside...which made my visit that much better. No lavish furniture to hide the wooden floors (except for rugs that are used to preserve the flooring.) No wall coverings to show the ghostly outlines of the strings used to hold period-piece coverings/art. This is a charm filled experience that leaves the open space as your canvas...just close your eyes and enjoy what you dream.

  • Wonderful visit to this plantation. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable in the history of the home and grounds. I would recommend this to everyone to visit next time your in Charleston. My wife and I really liked that we can walk around the entire ground by ourselves. The house tour was guided and was very informative. The only downside was that there was no furniture in the house. But that did not take away the fact it was an informative period house.

  • Drayton Hall. Built in the 1740s, the house was used as a primary residence by John Drayton and later by his third son, Charles Drayton. Their descendants continued to own the house until the 1970s when it was purchased by the National Trust. This property was one of several plantations owned by John Drayton, but as the primary residence it was a self-sustaining plantation and not a producing plantation for the most part. The number of enslaved Africans and African Americans in the 18th century numbered between 60-70 (I can’t quite recall the exact number, and maybe some of you might be able to correct me on that). It is believed that John Drayton was his own architect. Though not much is known about his education, he did posses a significant number of volumes in his personal library. The house is pretty spectacular, in part because it was never retrofitted with modern technology. No electric, no plumbing, nothing. It is nearly intact in its original state, with, of course, several layers of paint applied to different surfaces throughout the house over the years. Our guide did an excellent job of illustrating how the family and their enslaved servants lived and interacted within the house, and juxtaposed their lived experiences, which all took place on the same site — white and black, free and enslaved, powerful and powerless — without being pedantic or too exhaustive. (Her name was Melanie, so ask for her if you visit.) Here are some images that I thought were worth sharing from my visit there. One picture in particular is that of a brand owned by the Drayton family with which they would brand their human property. A reminder that much of what we have in this country was built upon the lives of others who were not given the choice to participate in the building of this country. I’m so glad to see more and more house museums and historic sites go in the direction of inclusivity. The interpretation of history should reflect all people, all backgrounds, and all possible perspectives.

  • Beautiful plantation. Our guide was outstanding. Make sure you visit the caretakers cottage

  • Nothing really to do except the hour long house tour. Original house but just the shell. Nothing inside. No cafe'. This Plantation needs more to do. Pricy for what they offer.

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