Step Back in Time And Discover Drayton Hall

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Drayton Hall, c.1738 one of the finest examples of Georgian Palladian architecture

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.

view through branches of live oak. photo by Anne Johnson

view through branches of live oak. photo by Anne Johnson

view from a window to the grounds

view from a window to the grounds





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The marsh and Ashley River

The marsh and Ashley River

In 1670, the colony of Carolina was founded and later Drayton Hall was located a few miles down the Ashley River.

A 1738 advertisement placed in the South Carolina Gazette from research history of Drayton Hall

mahogany wainscot balusters, featuring lotus and squash blossoms adorn Drayton Hall’s stair by Anne Johnson

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.

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View from the yard

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.

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A view from the Portico

A view of the river.


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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.



3 thoughts on “Step Back in Time And Discover Drayton Hall

    • I don’t think there’s anyplace like the low country. We visited on the back end of the blooming of the Azaleas, but the weather was really nice. I grew up there, went to college there and the one thing I noticed that has really changed is the proliferation of really good restaurants and chefs and waiters with NY accents. Oh, and the number of people living in the historical section who weren’t born in Charleston. The tourist industry is really big there. Have fun.


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