Drayton Hall
Overview Research Preservation Visit Shop Support News About Us

Our Mission


The Mission of Drayton Hall, a Historic Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is to preserve and interpret Drayton Hall and its environs in order to educate the public and inspire people to embrace historic preservation.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a non-profit membership organization bringing people together to protect, enhance, and enjoy the places that matter to them. By saving the places where great moments from history – and the important moments of everyday life – took place, the National Trust for Historic Preservation helps revitalize neighborhoods and communities, spark economic development, and promote environmental sustainability. With headquarters in Washington D.C., 9 regional and field offices, 29 historic sites, and partner organizations in all 50 states, the National Trust for Historic Preservation provides leadership, education, advocacy, and resources to a national network of people, organizations, and local communities committed to saving places, connecting us to our history, and collectively shaping the future of America’s stories. For more information visit www.PreservationNation.org


Mission in Action

7:30 a.m.

Members of the grounds staff begin their day long before the first visitors come through the gate. The house is opened up, the grass is cut, and the driveway is graded.

8:30 a.m.

Examining the limestone steps and portico with the National Trust architect in order to determine appropriate conservation measures.

9:30 a.m.

Greeting visitors for the first tour of the day.

10:15 a.m.

A fourth grade class takes part in A Day in the Life of a Plantation, one of Drayton Hall's many curriculum-based education programs.

11:15 a.m.

After going on a guided tour of the house, a family participates in Connections: From Africa to America to learn more the African families who lived and worked at Drayton Hall both before and after emancipation

1:45 p.m.

Bob Barker, Drayton Hall's senior interpreter, shares historical photographs and 18th century diary entries with a group of alumni taking part in a special Connoisseur Tour.

3:00 p.m.

Sending an email campaign to members of the Friends of Drayton Hall about an upcoming piece of legislation with potential ramifications for local historic districts.

5:30 p.m.

Executive Director George McDaniel heads to a citizens planning committee to discuss the future of the Ashley River Region.

Our Preservation Partners

National Trust for Historic Preservation
Historic Charleston Foundation
Preservation Society of Charleston
South Carolina Coastal Conservation League
South Carolina Parks, Recreation & Tourism
Charleston Heritage Federation
American College of the Building Arts