The People of Drayton Hall

From John Drayton’s son Charles who kept invaluable records of the property until his death in 1820, to the Bowens family and countless other people of African descent who worked at Drayton Hall as slaves and later as freedman, a multitude of individuals have shaped the site and left tangible reminders of their occupation. Through archaeology, architectural research, and documentary investigations, the stories of these people and their lives at Drayton Hall are coming to light and provide new insight on life in the Low Country and our American past. These are their stories.

“The visitor encounters a haunting framework for many stories about the Drayton family and the slaves who lived in that place with them, stories that stretch across more than two centuries. Drayton Hall allows the visitor to create his or her own vision of life on a place, and in an era far removed from our own. Although Drayton Hall is empty and silent, the sights, sounds, smells, and daily tragedies, more than two centuries gone, come alive in the imagination of the visitor at Drayton Hall.”

—Dr. Ford W. Bell, President of the American Alliance of Museums

Drayton Hall Reimagined — Learn about the future of Drayton Hall.