Drayton Hall is a southern plantation house in Charleston, South Carolina. It was originally owned by the Drayton Family until the year of 1974 when it was taken over by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Before it became a historical site it was a rice plantation, a military headquarters, a site for strip mining and a retreat (Drayton Hall).
Drayton Hall is considered an artifact to the lowcountry town because it survived so many events throughout the years: the American Revolution, the Civil War, the earthquake of 1886 and Hurricane Hugo. It is known as the finest example of Georgian-Palladian architecture in the United States of America; the Drayton house sits on undisturbed ground.
The history of the house and plantation is filled with stories about different families, race and culture; it’s one of the oldest and most non-restored houses in the Charleston area. Guided house tours are available to all guests; tours will last 45 minutes and begin every half hour following the last tour. Other activities that are made available to the public are Connections, “Voices” DVD tour, Marsh and River Walks, African-American Cemetery and the Museum Shop.
The house is open to the public everyday of the week except for major holidays. Monday through Sunday the main gates open at 9:00 a.m. and the first tour starts at 9:30 a.m. On Sundays the main gates open at 11:00 a.m. and the first tour starts at 11:30 a.m.
When visiting Charleston, SC one can find the Drayton Hall Plantation on 3380 Ashley River Road.