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A Letter to Our Friends

Breaking News, Preservation, Uncategorized

Dear Blog Readers,

Today, a letter went out to our nearly 8,000 Friends asking for their support to fund the second phase of a structural assesment that will help us decide how to best preserve the iconic main house. Please take a minute to read the letter below and see if you might be compelled to help!

For nearly thirty years, our Friends have been the  key to ensuring the longevity and legacy of Drayton Hall.  Your support has helped preserve everything from the main house’s brick foundation to the Great Hall ceiling, allowed us to halt urban sprawl and mega-development in the Ashley River Region, and assisted in educating hundreds of thousands of students while nurturing their appreciation for history and historic preservation. 

Your gift will help fund a two-part structural assessment of the main house to identify any architectural weaknesses and to better guide us in our usage of the house in accommodating over 55,000 visitors annually.  With the help from Friends last year we raised funds for a phase one analysis to determine (a) why the portico foundation is deteriorating and (b) ways to remedy the issue. Your donation today will facilitate the second phase: a structural assessment of the remaining portions of the house.  Once completed, the combined results will provide a clear picture of the preservation work needed in the coming years.    

Click here to watch a short video detailing our current preservation efforts:   To help support Drayton Hall’s ongoing preservation projects visit our support webpage to make a donation today. Thanks to the dedicated support from Friends like you, thirty years from now Drayton Hall will still be standing along the banks of the Ashley River welcoming visitors from around the world, ready to share the story of American history.


Courtney Bates, Development Coordinator