More than a house.

Drayton Hall is different. It's the real thing. We are bound by our mission to preserve the property, and keep it in near-original condition just as the National Trust received it from the Drayton family in 1974.

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Upcoming Events

  • Drayton Hall Distinguished Speakers Series

    March 21, 2017 – November 14, 2017

    Join us as scholars and thought leaders from across the nation travel to Charleston for the fourth season of the Drayton Hall Distinguished Speakers Series.

  • A Rich & Varied Culture: The Material World of the Early South

    Now through February 2019

    Exhibit opens February 15, 2014 at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. Included will be the most significant piece of furniture in our Collection: a rare, English-made desk and bookcase, c. 1745, described as “the finest example of furniture to survive from Colonial America.”

  • 34th Annual Spirituals Concerts at Drayton Hall

    December 2017 Dates TBA

    African-American spiritual music in concert with three memorable performances by Ann Caldwell & The Magnolia Singers. Prior to the concerts, guests enjoy a catered reception and informal tours of the house.

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African-American spiritual music in concert with three memorable performances by Ann Caldwell & The Magnolia Singers. Prior to the concerts, guests enjoy a catered reception and informal tours of the house.

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The Women of Drayton Hall: Ann Drayton, Rebecca Perry Drayton, and Charlotte Drayton Manigault

Drayton Hall is celebrating its legacy of remarkable women, past and present, during National Women’s History Month. Over the past three centuries, Drayton Hall has been home to generations of women who have distinguished themselves in remarkable ways. This month, we are highlighting the lives of three members of the Drayton family: Ann Drayton (c. […]

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Photos from the Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series

On February 21, Drayton Hall President and Executive Director Dr. George W. McDaniel presented “Towards a More Complete History: Connecting Places and People by Engaging Descendants” at the highly acclaimed Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series (MTW). McDaniel’s presentation featured a Q&A session with Drayton Hall descendants Rebecca Campbell and Catherine Braxton. The theme of this year’s series was Curating […]

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A Trip Back in Time: The Old Georgetown Road

By Jessica Garrett One sunny morning in October of 2012, I crossed the Ravenel Bridge from Charleston into Mt. Pleasant, and I kept driving until I reached the banks of Jeremy Creek in the village of McClellanville. I had traveled there to meet with Selden “Bud” Hill, director of McClellanville’s Village Museum, and Michael Prevost, […]

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Libby H. O’Connell to Present “From the Charleston Table to the American Plate” on March 26

Did you know that the Draytons preferred to entertain with Madeira wine? And that popular southern dishes like gumbo were brought to the New World by West African slaves? How have economics, technology, and social movements changed our tastes? These fascinating aspects of American food traditions will be presented by Dr. Libby H. O’Connell on March 26 […]

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Connecting People and Places through Historic Sites

On February 21, Drayton Hall President and Executive Director Dr. George W. McDaniel will present “Towards a More Complete History: Connecting Places and People by Engaging Descendants” at the highly acclaimed Marion Thompson Wright (MTW) Lecture Series. The title of this year’s series is Curating Black America: Celebrating the National Museum of African American History […]

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Memories and Meanings: Drayton Hall Descendants to Present at Distinguished Speakers Series

The 2015 Drayton Hall Distinguished Speakers Series begins this month with an insightful presentation focused not so much on the place of Drayton Hall, but rather, its people. Please join us on Thursday, Feb. 19 for “Memories and Meanings: Reflections on Drayton Hall by Charles H. Drayton, III, and Other Descendants.” An interactive panel discussion […]

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

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