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by Taylor Shelby
Charleston, South Carolina
January 12, 2005
The property also has walking trails, including a swamp/marsh walk, and wonderful views of the Ashley River. There is also a really interesting Connections Tour that talks about the connection of the slaves on the plantation to their native lands in West Africa.
Drayton Hall is owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. They are a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the "irreplaceable." All of the people who work there are very dedicated to the cause, and you can tell they love Drayton Hall.
Drayton Hall is open daily, except Christmas Eve and Christmas and New Year's Eve and New Year’s Day. It's also closed February 1 to 3 for annual cleaning. Tours are every hour from 10am to 3pm. The connections program occurs daily at 11:15am and 2:15pm.
Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for youths (12 to18), and $6 for children. Those of ages 5 and under are free. The price includes a house tour, the connections program, and admission to the grounds and trails. Allow 2 to 3 hours if you aren't doing the connections program and 3 to 4 hours if you are.
From journal Charleston Across the Ashley
January 28, 2006
From journal Charleston in High Summer
by Mary Dickinson
April 3, 2005
We met our guide, Helen, in the gift shop and followed her to the mansion. She was carrying a large silver-plated serving spoon. When we got to the left staircase in front of the west façade, she stopped and told us about the mansion. She said that it was built in 1742 at the behest of John Drayton, whose father had migrated from Barbados. Many of the early settlers in Charleston came from Barbados. His father brought a slave family named Bowen, and descendants of that family still live, and many are buried, on the plantation.
John Drayton wanted the finest house that could be built, and, from the ground up, it has all the attributes of classical architecture. Helen said that the design of the pilasters and their capitals around windows, doorways, and fireplaces tell the function of the entranceway and all the rooms inside; the less important rooms were graced with the Doric (least important) order. As we walked through, she explained what the room was used for and how important that use was to the family. The west entrance was less important than the formal east entrance that faced what were once the beautiful gardens that led the visitor from the Ashley River to the mansion. At one time, visitors came by way of the river because it was very difficult to follow the land path through the Low Country.
The National Trust has done much to maintain the mansion to keep it from decay due to its age and to allow visitors to walk through safely. Nothing has changed from the way it had been when the last member of the Drayton family lived there. It isn’t freshly painted or furnished, and that is disappointing to the less imaginative. Remnants of the formal gardens can be found along the river walk with a prepared map and guide, but the day was dreary and it began to rain, so we weren’t able to include that as part of our tour. Helen invited us all to join the National Trust for Historic Preservation and told us we would receive a beautiful spoon, like the one she was carrying, if we did.
From journal More Charleston
Blacksburg, South Carolina
April 30, 2005
On March 29, 1780, British soldiers and Hessian (German) Jagers would sail down the Ashley River and come ashore at Drayton Hall. From this approach, they would lay siege to Charleston and occupy the city, taking over 3,000 patriots prisoner.
One of the finest examples of colonial architecture in the United States, Drayton Hall is the only Ashley River plantation to survive the Yankee Invasion of 1865. According to legend, John Drayton told Union soldiers that the house was serving as hospital for smallpox victims. They believed him, and the house was spared.
The mansion remained the property of the Drayton family for seven generations. It has never been modernized with electricity, plumbing, or other modern conveniences. It appears exactly as it would have 200 years ago, albeit without furnishings or artwork of any kind. The tours here focus on the architecture of the house. The plasterwork and molding, mostly done by slaves, are very impressive. One thing I found interesting outside of the house is the pond, which sits about 100 yards in front of it. If you look at the pond from just the right angle, you can see a reflection of the house. Give yourself at least an hour to enjoy the house, grounds, and gift shop. Drayton Hall is open daily from 10am to 4pm. The house tour is $12. Admissions for the grounds is only $3, but I would not recommend missing out on the wonderful house tour. For additional information, visit www.draytonhall.org.
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