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Final Phase of the Portico Project Is Now Underway!

Anticipation has been building at Drayton Hall as we gear up for the final phase of the portico rehabilitation project, which includes preservation contractors from Richard Marks Restorations, Inc., beginning the careful demolition and removal of modern concrete that has compromised the structural integrity of the portico for years. An extensive research and planning process was […]

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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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Free admission for Active-Duty Military – Memorial Day through Labor Day!

  Drayton Hall is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to active-duty military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense. The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage and […]

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Remembering Janie Clayton

Janie Clayton, beloved friend and colleague, passed away last week. On Wednesday evening, May 13th, her family and friends, including the staff of Drayton Hall, gathered here for her memorial service along the banks of the Ashley River. As her daughter, Natalie Bell, who had also worked at Drayton Hall, said, “Drayton Hall was in her soul.” Since our President and Executive Director […]

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Dr. Mary Beth Norton to Present at Drayton Hall Distinguished Speakers Series in March

Acclaimed Cornell University faculty member, Dr. Mary Beth Norton, will present the next installment in the 2014 Drayton Hall Distinguished Speakers Series. Dr. Norton is the Mary Donlon Alger Professor of American History and a Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow at Cornell University, where she has taught since 1971. She has received four honorary degrees […]

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Save the Date! Vitruviana 2014

Drayton Hall, in partnership with The Center for Palladian Studies in America, the Charleston Preservation Society, and the Clemson University/College of Charleston joint Graduate Program in Historic Preservation presents: VITRUVIANA 2014 This is the third annual symposium and tour in the series “Charleston and the Development of American Architecture.” Thursday, April 10: Opening Reception at 6:00 pm […]

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A Time to Reflect: How Archaeology is Shaping the Future at Drayton Hall

By Sarah Stroud Clarke, Archaeologist and Curator of Collections at Drayton Hall October is National Archaeology Month and a great time for me to reflect on all of the current activity taking place around the archaeological collections at Drayton Hall. Archaeological excavations began at Drayton Hall when the National Trust for Historic Preservation gained ownership […]

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The Charleston History Fair

Last weekend Drayton Hall participated in the Charleston History Fair at Magnolia Plantation, just next door.  There was a great turnout from about 40 local history organizations including the Avery Research Center, Charlestown Landing, and the American College of the Building Arts.  Drayton Hall participated under the banner of the Historic Ashley River Plantation District […]

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

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