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2012 marks 30th Anniversary of the Friends of Drayton Hall

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Next year, 2012, will mark the 30th anniversary of the Friends of Drayton Hall.  Thirty years of taking an active role in preserving the main house- from the roof to the foundation.   Thirty years of dedication ensuring the Ashley River Region survived threats of urban sprawl, mega-development, and environmental pollutants.  Thirty years of students participating in hands-on education programs and leaving Drayton Hall with a better understanding of the Charleston Lowcountry, American history, and preservation.  Thirty years of success!

With the New Year just around the corner, Drayton Hall is busy gearing up for another year of projects.  Take a look at what we have on the docket in 2012. Next year Drayton Hall will:

  • Replace emergency electrical systems in the main house for safety purposes and to improve site security;
  • Enlarge our educational programming to include interactive, in-class lesson plans to ensure that all students have the opportunity to learn about Drayton Hall, the South Carolina Lowcountry, and American history;
  • Analyze our collection of archaeological artifacts to better understand the lives of the men and women who lived and worked at Drayton Hall throughout its 273-year history; and
  • Continue to implement the Landscape Master Plan to identify and protect historic landscape features across the grounds.

Visit Drayton Hall’s website to make a donation today, and help make next year’s goals a reality!  Here’s to the next thirty years of the Friends of Drayton Hall!

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Click on the photo above to watch a short video of Drayton Hall staff as we talk about the remarkable support and dedication of the Friends of Drayton Hall.