Whether it's your first visit or one of many, Drayton Hall's ongoing research into the people, places and events of its past promises there will always be something new to discover.
Daily visitors to Drayton Hall can experience the estate in many ways.
From guided tours and self-guided nature walks to quiet reflection at a hallowed African American cemetery, a day at Drayton Hall is unforgettable.
When you purchase online, simply present your ticket at our gate, and our gatekeeper will put you on our next available tour.
*Groups of 10+ should make arrangements through Group Tours
Founded in 1738, Drayton Hall is the nation’s earliest example of fully executed Palladian architecture and the oldest preserved plantation house in America still open to the public.
Because of our preservation philosophy, all imperfections and changes over time have survived to the present. Does your home have secret chambers? A family growth chart that dates back more than 100 years? Ours does. House Tours begin on the half hour and last about 45 minutes.
Connections is an interactive program about the history of Drayton Hall and those who lived and labored here.
The program focuses on the connections, contributions and experiences of enslaved Africans and freed African Americans in Drayton Hall’s rich history. Join us for a unique glimpse into the past, and discover how African and European traditions blended to create the rich Lowcountry culture that exists today. Presented twice daily and lasts 30 minutes.
Drayton Hall’s African American Cemetery is one of the oldest documented African American cemeteries in the nation still in use.
The earliest surviving record describes its use as a “burying ground” and dates from about 1790, indicating this sacred ground may be even older. In keeping with the wishes of Richmond Bowens, a descendant of the enslaved at Drayton Hall, the cemetery has been “left natural,” not manicured or planted with grass or decorative shrubs.
Take a leisurely walk around the estate’s grounds to explore the gardens and natural features of Drayton Hall.
See layers of history carefully preserved on the 125 acres that surround the main house: the central axis and clear view to the Ashley River, planned by John Drayton over 265 years ago; the striking, defined allée of azaleas conceived by his 20th-century descendants; Richmond Bowens’ camellia; the reflecting pond; the site of the former garden house or the 18th-century live oaks which continue to provide the structure to the Drayton estate.
During your visit, be sure to stop inside our shop where you’ll find books on Drayton Hall and its residents, as well as on architecture, Southern history and the South Carolina Lowcountry.
We also have unique crafts and replica heirloom items that make special gifts. Whether you want to continue learning about Drayton Hall or are eager to share its magic with friends and family, you’re sure to find something wonderful. Our shop is open during visiting hours, and select items are available through our online shop (opening soon).
Discover professional, tailored tours for your group at Drayton Hall
We offer a full range of options for groups of varying sizes, ages and interests – including professionally guided house tours, an interactive program on African American history, standards-based K-12 educational programming and packages with some of Charleston’s premier historic sites.
Drayton Hall offers a full range of options for groups of varying sizes and interests. Whether your group is interested in architecture, the Revolutionary War, decorative arts or African American history, we will work with you to craft an unforgettable experience.Learn More
Drayton Hall offers a host of curriculum-based educational programming for grades K-12, conducted by a professional education staff who helps to bring Drayton Hall’s extensive history to life for students of all ages.Learn More
ROBERT HUNTER Editor, Ceramics in America TUESDAY, November 17, 2017 Robert Hunter, Editor, Ceramics in America A Peculiar Look at the 18th-Century Ceramics of Drayton Hall Advance registration required. REGISTER…Learn More
27 objects from the Drayton Collections make their official debut at Colonial Williamsburg's Dewitt-Wallace Decorative Arts Museum through February 2019.Learn More
Drayton Hall makes a stunning setting for gatherings of all sizes.
Due to the fragile nature of the building’s interior, its carrying capacity and the impact on the historic landscape, we may restrict events by size and type. Private Events that aren’t exclusively sponsored by Drayton Hall or the National Trust must contribute, through Drayton Hall’s required fees and contributions, to a Drayton Hall-specified fundraising purpose.
Requests must be submitted at least six months in advance of the desired date. Please include the following information in your request:
– Contact information
– Event type and description
– Proposed event date and time
– Estimated number of guests
– Event planner information