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As the nonprofit organization tasked with stewardship, research and interpretation of this irreplaceable site, Drayton Hall Preservation Trust holds a significant responsibility. We are the intermediaries between artifact and student, estate and visitor, past and present.

For more than 250 years, Drayton Hall has stood witness to the American South. Among the best and most complete examples of Southern colonial life open to the public today, the property holds a vital educational responsibility. It is also an active archaeological site with an extensive museum collection of rare 18th- and 19th-century objects and artifacts.

The Drayton Hall Preservation Trust is a privately funded nonprofit organization responsible for the operation and administration of Drayton Hall, a National Trust for Historic Preservation site. The National Trust for Historic Preservation protects significant places representing our diverse cultural experience by taking direct action and inspiring broad public support. For more information on the mission and sites of the National Trust, visit


Chair Richard Almeida
Vice Chair Marilynn Wood Hill
Vice Chair W. Hampton Morris
Treasurer H. Montague (Monty) Osteen Jr.
Secretary Thomas W. (Woody) Rash Jr.
Nathan (Nate) Berry
Mary (MeMe) Black
William B. (Bill) Bodine
Catherine Brown Braxton
Frank W. Brumley
Amelia (Mimi) Cathcart
Matthew Cochrane-Logan
P. Steven (Steve) Dopp
Frank B. Drayton Jr.
John B. Hildreth
Benjamin P. (Ben) Jenkins III
Rise Johnson
Kristopher B. King
Douglas B. (Doug) Lee
Benjamin F. (Ben) Lenhardt Jr.
Fulton D. (Tony) Lewis Jr.
Michael B. Prevost
Anthony C. (Tony) Wood

To contact the Staff of the Drayton Hall Preservation Trust, please click on the names below or call our main number at (843) 769-2600 during regular business hours and an operator will direct your call.


Carter C. Hudgins, Ph.D.


Pamela Brown



Paula Marion, Chief Financial Officer
Michelle Johanek, Finance Associate


Lauren Nivens, Communications Manager


Open Position, Director of Philanthropy
Leslie Newman, Annual Giving Coordinator
Open Position, Development Associate


Carter C. Hudgins, Ph.D., Acting Director of Preservation
Sarah Stroud Clarke, Archaeologist and Curator of Collections
Patricia Lowe Smith, Curator of Historic Architectural Resources
Eric Becker, Manager of Landscapes, Horticulture, and Modern Facilities
Cameron Moon, Preservation Coordinator
Corey Heyward, Wexler Curatorial Fellow
Raymond Nesmith, Landscape and Horticulture Technician
Open Position, Landscape and Horticulture Technician


Kate Ludwig, Retail Manager
Joseph Rizzo, Interim Curator of Interpretation & Museum Programming
Amanda Felder, Visitor Services Coordinator
Patricia Jack, Visitor Services Coordinator
Historical Interpreters: Lucy Archie, James Boast, EmmaLee Boykin, Heath Ellison, Rosemary Giesy, Bev Hildreth, Mary Jo Lautier, Annika Liger, Mack Martin, Betsy McAmis, Diane Miller, Melanie Taylor, Katherine Wensel, Jordan Yale
Visitor Services Associates: Sharon Kreuder, Leslie Lewis


John B. Anderson, Robert A. Johnson, Ian Purches, Judi Purches, Josephine Tapia, Joan Younce, Stan Younce, Jackie Bowe, Joseph and Judy Canonico, Charlotte and Bill Collier, Kathy and Sam Dellorso, Leilani DeMuth, Maryjane and Tony Islan, Elanie and Steve Knapp, Gail Morrill, Chris Rosendall, Janice and Michael Shada, Bonnie Sykes, Sherry Timko, Rita Wilkie, Phoebe Willis, Carol Wood

To contact the Staff of the Drayton Hall Preservation Trust, please call our main number at (843) 769-2600 during regular business hours and an operator will direct your call.