Drayton HallCurrently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
- 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
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.
- 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.
- $10 for 12-18 years, $6 for 6-11 years
- Entry is free below 6 years of age.
- Entry closes at 3:30 PM.
- The 1st tour everyday starts at 9:30 AM.
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- Middleton Place Restaurant
- Charleston House of Pizza
- Nigel’s Good Food
- Sticky Fingers
- Sunflower Cafe
- Cafe Fork
- La Nortena Taqueria Mexican Grill
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85.92% of people who visit Charleston include Drayton Hall in their plan
12 PM - 1 PM
88.18% of people start their Drayton Hall visit around 12 PM - 1 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Drayton Hall
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Drayton Hall
I enjoyed the House tour and getting the chance to see the all the original details of it. I also enjoyed the building where all the furniture and other Drayton Hall items are located. There are so many things to read about in this room as well. This is such a historic home with so many things to learn and discover. A big thanks to Amanda, our guide. She was friendly, informative, and very passionate about her job!
Drayton Hall is one of the "best kept secrets" of the Charleston, SC area. This Plantation is quite unique for the fact that it is still the original structure; having survived General Sherman's March to The Sea during the Civil War. (It was built in the mid 1700's) The location is run by very knowledgeable curators, who will share with your the rich history of the grounds and home itself. The tour is very laid back and you're allowed to walk through the home itself. The most interesting part of this plantation tour is that nothing on the inside of the home has been updated. The paint that you see, is the original paint from long-long ago. The grounds are a bit of a bonus when visiting this place as well. The ponds out front are beautiful and if you keep your eyes open, you may even be lucky enough to spot an Alligator or two. Keep in mind that they do have an early closing time for their gate to get inside the grounds.
The one star is not for the attraction. It’s for Google. I feel like the closing time should be edited to 3:30, not 5:00. They close the gate at 3:30, once you are inside they permit you to stay until 5:30. It is 100% my fault for skimming the website. I just want to save someone the disappointment of driving there at 3:30 and being denied entrance 1.5 hours before closing.
Difficult to rate as this is a place of immense sadness and despair. While the guided tour was very informative about the building and the former owners, the real ( and skipped over) story is about the multi generational suffering at the hands of the plantation owners. The National Trust is preserving the home in it's current state, but I cannot help but think this should be a monument to the slaves that made the fortunes of the plantation owners and the whole state of South Carolina. This reminded me that the US economy was actually based on human trafficking.
Fascinating unrestored example of American life from another time. Even a walk if the ground is interesting.