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May 2023 Drayton Hall Trivia

Amber Satterthwaite, Drayton Diaries, Trivia

How important was music to the family of Charles Drayton I?

Charles’s diaries reveal that music and dance were significant in the Draytons’ social lives and also played important roles in the education of Charles and Hester’s children, even connecting them with major players in Charleston’s cultural arts community.

In 1797, the Drayton daughters—Henrietta, Charlotte, and Maria—began taking dancing lessons from Alexander Placide, a well-known performer who had recently moved to Charleston. One or more of the girls likely played the grande forte piano that arrived to Drayton Hall in 1802. In 1805, their younger brother Charles II was enrolled in violin lessons taught by Philip Trajetta, an influential composer and music teacher who worked to establish conservatories in major cities throughout the country.