This home was the family seat of the Drayton family from the early 1700s until the Civil War. It’s special because of the magnificent plantation house on the property. This was the only plantation on its side of the Ashley River that wasn't burned by the Union Army. The home is beautiful and the guides are wonderful. It is one of the finest examples of Georgian Palladian architecture in the U.S. It has been completely preserved as the family left it in the 1970s and has so many layers of history.
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.