Conservation

Dr. George W. McDaniel

The End of an Era at Drayton Hall

George McDaniel, the driving force behind the Drayton Hall Preservation Trust for more than 25 years, has announced he’ll be stepping down at the end of the month. It’s bittersweet news for Drayton Hall staff and supporters, all of whom will miss George’s leadership but pleased he’ll have the opportunity to spend more time with […]

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Small core samples from timbers like these in Drayton Hall’s attic were analyzed to help determine the age of the house, which is a bit younger than previously thought.

Finding Answers at Drayton Hall Through Dendrochronology

A recent article in The Post & Courier shows how dendrochronology, or tree-ring dating, gives insight into how long it took to build Drayton Hall. Michael Worthington of Oxford Tree-Ring Laboratory removed core samples from the main house’s attic and carefully studied the width of the series of rings, matching them to 18th-century weather records. Worthington’s findings […]

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Conserving Drayton Hall’s Iconic Portico

This week, Drayton Hall’s Curator of Historic Architectural Resources Trish Smith posted an article on the Preservation Leadership Forum’s blog. Her article highlights the preservation work being done on Drayton Hall’s iconic portico. Below is an excerpt from her article.  Drayton Hall, a National Trust Historic site in Charleston, S.C., is widely considered the earliest […]

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Colonial Williamsburg Object: Drayton Side Chair

Colonial Williamsburg Object: Drayton Side Chair

One of two significant pieces of British furniture placed on loan to Colonial Williamsburg for the new exhibit A Rich and Varied Culture: The Material World of the Early South (officially opening this Friday, February 14) is a side chair contemporary to Drayton Hall’s construction (c.1738-1750). Carved from mahogany and deal and marked with the number […]

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The Drayton Hall group at the preview; the author, in blue, stands next to the newly conserved Bureau Bookcase.

Preview Visit to the DeWitt Wallace Museum in Colonial Williamsburg

by Anne Drayton Nelson Last June I had a wonderful opportunity to see a preview of the upcoming Exhibit entitled A Rich and Varied Culture: The Material World of the Early South that will open officially at Colonial Williamsburg’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum on February 15, 2014.  This Drayton Hall-sponsored trip included staff, Drayton […]

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This Vision Plan shows a sustainable path for growth over the next 30 years. Click to enlarge.

Local Conservation News!

For the past four years, Drayton Hall has represented the Ashley River Historic District in a regional planning effort administered by the Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester Council of Governments (COG). The plan would guide our elected officials to the best means of keeping our rural and natural areas protected while fostering intelligent growth in our […]

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Rosebrock Park: Your Park By George W. McDaniel and Norm Brunswig

Rosebrock Park: Your Park By George W. McDaniel and Norm Brunswig

An integral part of Drayton Hall’s mission is to protect the context of the iconic main house and grounds. We’ve worked for over 20 years to conserve and protect the beautiful land surrounding the Ashley River. We are happy to report that our efforts led to this Friday’s opening of a new c.90 acre forested park that serves […]

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Managing Growth without Unfair Exceptions: “Watch Status” for Charleston

Managing Growth without Unfair Exceptions: “Watch Status” for Charleston

Today, June 15, 2011, the National Trust for Historic Preservation announced its 2011 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places, which spotlights places across the country that are threatened by neglect, insufficient funds, inappropriate development, or insensitive public policy. For the first time in its history, the list has been supplemented with a site […]

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

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