The History of Drayton Hall begins in 1679, when the Drayton family first came to Charleston from England via Barbados. There is much speculation about what sort of life they came from. The family tradition says that they were nobility, originally Normans from France, but some historians at Drayton Hall think they may have actually been indentured servants. Well, whatever their history, they were now in the New World, prepared to make their fortunes.
In the early 1700s, Thomas and Ann Drayton had begun to build their empire. They had built their country seat, Magnolia Plantation, and were in the process of gathering together land, slaves, and power. In 1715, their last child and third son, J...Read More