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“historical and interesting”
Review of Drayton Hall

Drayton Hall
Ranked #15 of 235 things to do in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Circa 1738, Drayton Hall is the oldest unrestored plantation house in America still open to the public.
Jerusalem, Israel
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“historical and interesting”
Reviewed 10 June 2014

This sight has not been 'renovated', which bothers some people. We found it very interesting. The guide was very good and brought the house to life..If you are interested in architecture and /or the Civil War [aka the war between the states] , you'll like it

Visited May 2014
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DraytonHall, Public Relations Manager at Drayton Hall, responded to this review, 30 June 2014
It is always wonderful to read such an enthusiastic review from someone who appreciates Drayton Hall's preservation philosophy. Drayton Hall is a Georgian Palladian masterpiece and its builder, John Drayton, designed the house to be perfectly balanced and symmetrical according to the fundamentals of classical architecture.

Thanks for visiting!
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“Loved this place!!”
Reviewed 9 June 2014

We took a 17 day trip from Savannah, Charleston, Asheville to see the Biltmore, and 4 days in Virginia Beach. Drayton Hall was a highlight for me. Absolutely loved it. I didn't care about seeing furniture and beautiful rugs, the fact that it has been preserved instead of restored, was amazing. Our tour guide was wonderful and told wonderful stories about the family who lived there. We really debated between here or Magnolia. SO glad we chose this plantation. I joined and am now a member to help the preservation continue. Got an amazing spoon, with my membership, that I will proudly display in my kitchen. Beautiful grounds. Wonderful tour!

Visited May 2014
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DraytonHall, Public Relations Manager at Drayton Hall, responded to this review, 30 June 2014
We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your time at Drayton Hall. We hope you enjoyed your tour of the south and are glad to know that Drayton Hall was at the top of your favorite places to visit.

Thank you for becoming a Friend of Drayton Hall. As a member, you are able to visit Drayton Hall throughout the year for no additional cost and can bring four guests along with you! Come back for another house tour and make sure to join the Connections program and visit the 18th century African American Cemetery (one of the oldest documented African American cemeteries in the nation still in use). We look forward to welcoming you back!
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“For History Lovers Who Don't Want Gimmicks”
Reviewed 9 June 2014

We thouroughly enjoyed our tour of Drayton Hall. I have toured a lot of colonial plantation homes in Virginia, where the homes are full of furniture and reenactors, so it was a nice change of pace (not better per say, but different) to tour just the bare bones and let the history speak for itself. Our tour guide was wonderful and informative and really brought the place to life. The African-American history lecture was alright, but honestly I think I was hoping to hear just a little more about the specific people who lived on this particular plantation. Still, I was glad to hear an entire lecture of a woman saying over and over again (in more civil words) "No, really, slavery was seriously, seriously messed up, and it happened right where we are sitting, and it was messed up, and everyone died, and it was a HUGE part of this place, and it was messed up and horrible beyond belief." I was curious to see how slavery would be addressed, and expected it to be just kinda mentioned in passed and swept under the rug, so having a whole program was a good call. Along the same lines, by far the most impressive aspect of our visit was stopping by the African American cemetery. Standing there in the woods, knowing that all those people laying there had suffered, but now had a safe and revered place to rest and finally be respected, was a really sobering feeling. On a more lighthearted note, the grounds were simple, beautiful, and peaceful. You're free to roam around as much as you want, and when we went it wasn't crowded at all, so we got a chance to rest alone by the pond for a while and watch a heron fishing. I regret not having the time to squeeze in the video tour, since I think it included a lot of oral history from lots of different people involved with different aspects of the home, but I guess it will have to wait until next time.

So overall a peaceful, factual, respectful tour for history lovers who want to leave the gimmicks behind. Highly recommend.

Visited May 2014
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DraytonHall, Public Relations Manager at Drayton Hall, responded to this review, 30 June 2014
Thank you for recommending Drayton Hall to other travelers! Drayton Hall remains the oldest unrestored plantation house that is open to the public. Drayton Hall is dedicated to interpreting the lives of the enslaved and free African Americans who lived and worked on site and we offer the Connections program three times daily. It’s an intensive and interactive experience that details what the lives of African Americans were like from Africa to the Americas, Drayton Hall, and beyond.

We are glad you enjoyed your visit to Drayton Hall, a recipient of TripAdvisor's 2014 Certificate of Excellence.
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“A Great Piece of History”
Reviewed 8 June 2014

This is a great plantation to see, just be ready so you're not expecting to see ornamental rugs, furniture, etc. it is in its original condition, which actually adds to the experience. What we loved about it as well is that it was one admission price at the gate that included everything, vs Magnolia where you pay admission and then an extra charge for any other tour on the grounds. The guide who took us through the house was good, however she did not do enough to make sure everyone in the group was in the room before she started talking about it. Check out the connections presentation on the history of slavery. It's not a tour, but a 40min talk on the history of slavery. Was really powerful and eye-opening.

Visited June 2014
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DraytonHall, Public Relations Manager at Drayton Hall, responded to this review, 30 June 2014
We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your time at Drayton Hall. We are so glad you enjoyed Connections: From Africa to America and the guided house tour. Our basic admission includes everything: a professional guided house tour, Connections: From Africa to America, 18th-century African American Cemetery (one of the oldest documented African American cemeteries in the nation still in use), DVD landscape tour, and nature walks. Please come back and visit again! We've always got new and exciting things to share with our guests.
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“Back in time”
Reviewed 5 June 2014

Really gave a sense of what an old plantation was like. Loved grounds and marsh walk along the river. Especially good was the talk about the slaves on the plantation and the growing of rice. This was the first plantation we visited and it gave us a great start before going to others.

Visited May 2014
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DraytonHall, Public Relations Manager at Drayton Hall, responded to this review, 30 June 2014
Thank you for your review of Drayton Hall. We are so glad you enjoyed Connections: From Africa to America and exploring the historic landscape. We hope you will visit Drayton Hall again the next time you are in Charleston!
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