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Drayton Hall

Drayton Hall, in Charleston, SC is America’s oldest unrestored former plantation site home, circa 1738. Experience this national treasure and our new exhibit galleries, education center, courtyard garden, and curated shop.

Founded in 1738, Drayton Hall is the oldest preserved former plantation site house in America that’s still open to the public and a masterpiece of Georgian-Palladian architecture. Through two wars, devastating earthquakes and hurricanes, and the impact of seven generations of family life, the main house has survived the centuries in near original condition and its grounds have been hailed as “the most significant, undisturbed historic landscape in America.”

The main house of the former plantation site remains in nearly original condition. Never modernized with electricity, plumbing, heating or air conditioning, the main house is unfurnished, allowing the beauty of the architectural details to become the focus for visitors.

Whether it’s your first visit or one of many, Drayton Hall’s ongoing research into the people, places, and events of its past promises there will always be something new to discover. An outdoor Memorial Arch marks one of the oldest documented African American cemeteries in the nation, a sacred place for descendants of the enslaved.

A National Historic Trust site. Open daily

Condé Nast Traveler’s Best Place to See in South Carolina.

  • Tickets:
    • Adult (15 & up) – $24.00Child (7 & Under) – Free

      NARM Member – Free

      Youth (8-14) – $10.00

  • Interpreter led tours daily at 9am
  • Admission tickets are good for the entire day and are all-inclusive. Guests can check-in any time between 9:00am and 2:30pm.
  • Entrance gates close promptly at 2:30pm and our exit gates close at 3:30pm.
  • We highly encourage online ticket sales. Cash-free transactions will be available at the gate.
  • The first floor and cellar of the main house are open for self-paced house tours using our podcast audio tour. Upon arrival, you will be able to download the tour to your smartphone or tablet. We recommend that you bring your own headphones.


3380 Ashley River Road

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