If you plan a vacation to the Charleston, S.C. area visiting some of the plantations is a must. One of my favorite places is Drayton Hall located 9 miles northwest of downtown Charleston on the historic and scenic Ashley River Road. Visiting this wonderful old plantation is like taking a step back in time.
In 1670, the colony of Carolina was founded and later Drayton Hall was located a few miles down the Ashley River.
Drayton Hall is a plantation that is a living timeline representing centuries of change and it survived by changing with the times. The plantation once raised rice, then it was military headquarters, a site for strip mining after the war between the states, a Drayton family country retreat, before it became a National Trust Historical site. it’s record stretches over three centuries of American history. The architecture is spectacular.
The pictures above were all inside of this beautiful home.
Charles and Frank Drayton, descendents of Charles Henry Drayton sold the house and 125 acres of land to the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the remaining acreage to the State of S.C.
Drayton Hall is open daily except major holidays. There is a professionally guided house tour. There are also interactive programs on the importance of African-Americans to the plantation. Self-guided tours of the marsh and river walks and a museum gift shop are on site.
All of the photographs in this posts by my daughter Anne on our recent visit to Drayton Hall.