Drayton Hall is different. It’s the real thing, and we are bound by our mission to preserve the property—that is, to keep it in near-original condition just as the National Trust received it from the Drayton family in 1974.
Instead of being restored to the vision of those who lived centuries after it was built, Drayton Hall is an artifact that has survived the American Revolution, the Civil War, the earthquake of 1886, hurricanes like Hugo, and maybe most surprisingly today, urban sprawl.
On top of that, it’s not just that it’s a survivor. The main house is considered one of the finest examples of Georgian-Palladian architecture in the United States. The grounds represent one of the most significant, undisturbed historic landscapes in America. And Drayton Hall’s stories—stories of race, family, culture, sacrifice, innovation, and preservation—reveal who we are and where we’ve come from.
Visit Drayton Hall, a leader in Charleston's historic preservation movement, in southern plantation history,
and in public education.
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February 15, 2014 - February 15, 2015
Exhibit opens February 15, 2014 at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. Included will be the most significant piece of furniture in our Collection: a rare, English-made desk and bookcase, c. 1745, described as “the finest example of furniture to survive from Colonial America."
February 20, 2014 - December 31, 2014
New This Year! Join us as scholars and thought leaders from across the nation travel to Charleston for the launch of the new Drayton Hall Distinguished Speakers Series.
March 12, 2014 - March 16, 2014
Deputy Director Dr. Carter C. Hudgins will give a lecture on Georgian furniture, ceramics, artwork, and archaeological artifacts, and will explain why the main house is considered one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in the North American colonies.
April 10, 2014 - April 12, 2014
This marks the third in a series of annual Charleston symposia and related tours examining the development of classical architecture in America through the lens of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Join us!
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