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Address: 3380 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414-7126
Phone Number:
+1 843-769-2600
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09:00 - 03:30
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Sun 11:00 - 03:30
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 03:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Circa 1738, Drayton Hall is the oldest unrestored plantation house in...

Circa 1738, Drayton Hall is the oldest unrestored plantation house in America still open to the public.

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This house is not furnished or restored. Construction began in 1738 and is a beautiful brick structure. Without furniture, you can really focus on the construction and details. It... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Susan L
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Lakeland, Florida
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Lakeland, Florida
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29 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This house is not furnished or restored. Construction began in 1738 and is a beautiful brick structure. Without furniture, you can really focus on the construction and details. It is very interesting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was one of our favorite sites in Charleston. The fact that the home was preserved not restored made it all the more special. The guide was very informative. They are building a new visitor's center to be done in 1-2 years so that will only improve the already great experience!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We took an Uber to this location as we didn't have a car. About 30 minutes from city center. Lots of history. House is untouched, unfurnished, quite incredible. Staff was informative and lovely.

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St Mary's, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our guide Amanda did an excellent job explaining the history of the enslaved West Africans and also the history of the hall and its owners. She also did the house tour. We spent about 1.5 to 2 hours there.

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Brandon, Mississippi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Drayton Hall is shown as is... un-restored. No furniture is there so you can see the architectural details, original preserved paint, etc. Was never modernized and sits just like it would have in 1800s! Also had a wonderful and knowledgeable guide who made the tour that much better.

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Thank Edwin C
Woodstock, IL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This house is a fascinating piece of history because it has been preserved in its original state. There has never been electricity or plumbing brought to the house but what you see are the wonderful shape and symmetry of the Drayton home plus the beautiful gardens.

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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We are so glad we saw Drayton house. It is amazingly preserved, not renovated, rebuilt or restored. This house has no refinishing and no furniture. No electricity or plumbing. You can still see the peeling paint from centuries past. Love this. The lady at the gate was kind and welcoming. Wish she would have been our tour guide. Now for... More 

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Thank lovejunker
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Drayton Hall is not a restored, overly touristy site. So, if you are looking for opulently restored rooms with a lot of facilitated activity, you may be disappointed. However, if you seek a tranquil look at a past point in the time of a grand home, this place is for you. Our docent was outstanding. She explained at the very... More 

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Concord, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Drayton Hall was a treat for me and anyone that has an interest in history, construction and historical perversion. This home has survived many hurricanes, earthquake and occupation during two wars. The fact that she was one of the few plantations spared from the torches of the Union Troops make it a national treasure and living example of Carolina Low-country... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It wasn't the worst tourist thing I've ever done; but it wasn't really worth the money paid to get in. Tour guide was at least knowledgeable on the place. Building was empty so you had very little to look at. Overall, for the $22 entry fee I don't feel like I got my money's worth. All done in an hour... More 

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