Charleston Insider's Guide > Attractions & Tours > Houses and Plantations > Drayton Hall
3380 Ashley River Road
The Drayton Hall Plantation occupies 630 acres of pristine southern land. The estate was completed in 1742 and today remains in nearly original condition with no running water or electricity. The house, in Georgian-Palladian architecture, was constructed over four years by European and African American laborers. The plantation is a National Trust Historic site and is the only plantation on the Ashley River to endure both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Most others of its kind were burned by the Federal Army in 1865, however it was believed that the Drayton Hall Plantation was a quarantine house and the site was avoided by enemy forces. In addition to the house museum tours Drayton Hall also offers a lecture series, candlelight concerts, spiritual concerts and guided nature walks.
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