Historic Preservation

Drayton Hall’s preservation philosophy was groundbreaking for its time and is unique among historic sites today. In order to preserve the seven generations of history within its walls, the house has never been restored.

What is Historic Preservation?

Historic preservation is a broad discipline, but at its heart is the idea that old buildings enrich our lives in many ways and deserve our good stewardship.

Soon after the National Trust purchased Drayton Hall from the Drayton family in 1974, they began planning for its preservation. Early efforts centered on research—trying to understand how Drayton Hall had been constructed and how it had been altered, studying its architectural features and historical surfaces—in order to prioritize projects over the years.

As the Drayton Hall Preservation Trust continues with this comprehensive plan, pause for a moment and consider the national—in fact, international—significance of Drayton Hall. Now consider the loss of such an important structure if the proper steps are not taken. Not only would Drayton Hall be presented with a major void, but our American legacy would lose a survivor and a statement of the American experience.

Learn more about our preservation projects.



Above:Drayton Hall Past and Present. A watercolor image of Drayton Hall completed by Pierre Eugene Du Simitiere in 1765 is shown on the left. A recent photograph of Drayton Hall is shown on the right.

Photo credit: Charlotte Caldwell

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