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Help Solve a Centuries-Old Mystery!

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What did Drayton Hall really look like originally?  Is a newly discovered watercolor, dated to the mid-1700’s, truly accurate?

Expert and amateur archaeologists will be searching out the answers to these and other questions in the Drayton Hall 2008 Archaeological Institute, taking place Sunday, October 26 through Friday, October 31.  The field school will be investigating the original walls that once connected the main house to the former two-story flanker buildings, seen here in this watercolor dated 1765, completed by an unknown artist.

The field school will also gather evidence on the pre-Drayton 17th-century house that once stood on the site.

No experience in archaeology is necessary as the skills needed for excavating, recording, artifact identification, and laboratory work will be shared.

The Institute begins with an opening reception on Sunday evening, October 26.

Space is limited.  Registration is $350 for Friends of Drayton Hall/$400 for non-members.  For more information, contact Carter Hudgins, Interim Director or Preservation at (843) 769-2617 or