Since 1974, much of the archaeological work at Drayton Hall was carried out or overseen by National Trust for Historic Preservation archaeologists. In 2006, the Preservation Department was established at Drayton Hall with an emphasis on continuing the archaeological research of the property. From investigations of the main house and flanker buildings to investigations at the African American cemetery, the late eighteenth-century privy building, the twentieth-century freedmen’s village, the former garden house and colonnades, and pre-Drayton dwelling, our staff archaeologists are continually discovering new information about the residents of Drayton Hall.

Archaeological features and artifacts recovered through such excavations provide insight into the lives of Native Americans and enslaved Africans at Drayton Hall as neither culture left written records; and while not a single building used as housing for either Native American or Africans still stands today, we can see evidence of both cultures in the archaeological record.

Archaeology also plays a critical role in our pursuit to better understand the Drayton family as not every generation of the Drayton family had a biographer like Charles Drayton, who kept detailed diaries from the end of the eighteenth century until his death in 1820.

Learn more about how archaeology is shaping the future at Drayton Hall.


Above:Mochaware discovered archaeologically
at Drayton Hall.

Image credit: Drayton Hall staff

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