Drayton Hall House & Museum
Charleston, SC 29414
Tours: Guided tour of house - 50 minutes, African-American History Program - 30 minutes
Drayton Hall is an 18th-century plantation comprised of 350 acres and is located on the Ashley River about 15 miles northwest of Charleston. It is an excellence example of Palladian architecture in North America and the only plantation house on the Ashley River to survive intact through both the Revolutionary and Civil wars.
The mansion was built for John Drayton around the late 1730s. The interior spaces of Drayton’s palace were finished with the finest examples of European and Charleston-made material goods, furniture, a wealth of imported ceramics, and fashionable artwork. Drayton Hall was one of the most significant elite plantations assembled in colonial America.
General admission is all inclusive and includes the professionally guided tour of the main house (50 minutes), the African-American history program Connections: From Africa to America (30 minutes), self-guided landscape and nature walks, entrance to the 18th-century African-American cemetery, and our exhibit center—formerly an African American dwelling, it houses changing exhibits, a members area, and museum shop.
Pictures are allowed to be taken inside of the house as well as the grounds and exterior of the house.