A New Era: The Drayton Hall Preservation Trust

Drayton Hall opened to the public in 1974; seven years later its staff and supporters formed The Friends of Drayton Hall. Today, as the Friends organization enters its 34th year, Drayton Hall stands on the threshold of another new era: The Drayton Hall Preservation Trust.

Since its acquisition from the Drayton family, Drayton Hall has been owned and operated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of its stewardship sites. Over the last few years, however, the National Trust began developing new models for house museums in order to transition its portfolio of sites to a new form of governance called “co-stewardship.” Read more here.

Effective January 1, 2015, the National Trust leased operations to a new 501(c)(3), the Drayton Hall Preservation Trust. This means that Drayton Hall will assume responsibilities for its operations and staff management while the National Trust will continue to own the property and its existing collections and, on a consulting basis, will review plans that would impact important historic resources like the main house.

Our Friends and supporters have been key to Drayton Hall’s success. While the challenges ahead are great, Drayton Hall’s new board, its leadership, and its staff, are prepared to meet them. If you are currently a Friend and supporter, we thank you for all you have done—your support has directly contributed to a sound financial footing without which we could not have achieved this milestone. For those who are not, we thank you for your consideration. In one visit to this remarkable site, you’ll understand why nearly 7,000 supporters believe that the preservation of this icon of colonial America is so critically important.


Steve Mount
Director of Philanthropy
843-769-2601 or by e-mail.

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