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.

Drayton Hall view across the pond

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.

A detail of the 1765 watercolor.  The yellow circle indicates the area under investigation.

2008 Drayton Hall Archaeological Institute: Day 1

Posted by Carter Hudgins, Interim Director of Preservation/Site Archaeologist 10/27:  Today, Drayton Hall’s Archaeological Institute hit the ground digging!   Participants Brandie Dunning, Terry Satterfield, Ray Satterfield, Shelby Nelson, Stan Younce and Edward Crawford started work alongside Drayton Hall Preservation Department staff in the hopes of shedding new light on the history of the site. The […]

Go Team DH!  Rikki, Craig & Leslie at the finish line.

A Rainy Race for the Cure

Posted by Leslie Newman, Interpreter/Educator  Not even early morning torrential rains and Woodstock-like muddy parking fields could prevent several Drayton Hall staffers from participating in the Susan G. Komen 5K Race for the Cure to raise funds for breast cancer research on Saturday, October 18, 2008. Six of us decided to brave the less-than-ideal conditions. […]

Amanda explains the significance of the indenture students sign as part of the Artisans and Apprentices program.

Teaching Outside the Classroom– A Teacher’s View

Posted by: Amanda Clarke, Interpreter/Educator-in-training I have always, since I can remember, wanted to teach. I graduated in 2005 with my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and began teaching in 2006.  I shortly realized that teaching in the classroom probably wasn’t for me. I wanted to show my students things in a more hands-on way and […]


Help Solve a Centuries-Old Mystery!

What did Drayton Hall really look like originally?  Is a newly discovered watercolor, dated to the mid-1700’s, truly accurate? Expert and amateur archaeologists will be searching out the answers to these and other questions in the Drayton Hall 2008 Archaeological Institute, taking place Sunday, October 26 through Friday, October 31.  The field school will be investigating the original […]

Drayton Hall's Interpretation Staff Gets the Blues

Drayton Hall’s Interpretation Staff Gets the Blues

Posted by Rikki Davenport, Curator of Education, and Alice Thompson, Visitor Services Associate. Drayton Hall’s Museum Interpretation Department embarked on an exciting educational trip on September 29, 2008 to learn more about the complex process of indigo processing and dyeing.   Father John, an Eastern Orthodox monk, kindly opened his Dorchester County home to the Drayton Hall staff […]

91-year-old Susan Weston pauses at a photograph of Richmond Bowens. Mrs. Weston grew up next door at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, and knew Richmond as a young woman.

Ways of Remembering: Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Richmond Bowens, 1908-1998

This September marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Richmond Bowens (1908-1998), a seventh generation descendant of people who, according to family history, were brought as slaves from Barbados to Charleston in the late 1600s.  To celebrate this important anniversary, on September 20 over 100 people gathered to honor Mr. Bowens’ life and remember the lessons he passed along.  Most that […]

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