Experiential Tours

 

Revolutionary War

A Revolutionary-War-focused house tour is paired with interactive stations to give visitors an in-depth look at Charleston and the role of Drayton Hall during the American Revolution. As an encampment for British and Patriot troops, the landscape of Drayton Hall serves as a perfect backdrop for visitors to learn about history, where it happened. Visitors will hear the stories of Patriot leaders, William Henry Drayton and Glen Drayton and how occupying soldiers altered the property. Uniforms and a soldier camp site will be displayed and discussed.

90 minutes.

 


 

Civil War

A Civil-War-focused house tour is paired with interactive stations to give visitors an in-depth look at Charleston and the role of the Draytons during the American Civil War. Visitors will hear the words of the Drayton family from their letters discussing the sectional crisis and the story of brothers, Thomas and Percival Drayton, who would lead forces against each other at the Battle of Port Royal (1861). Uniforms and a soldier camp site will be displayed and discussed.

90 minutes.

 


 

Archaeology

An archaeology-focused house tour is paired with a landscape walk of Drayton Hall, visiting several former excavation sites. Images of artifacts from Drayton Hall’s collection will be interpreted throughout the tour. To test their newfound knowledge, visitors will investigate an 18th-century building to determine how it was used over a two-hundred year time span.

90 minutes.

 


 

For Family Groups with Children
A Day in the Life of a Plantation (Family Tour)

With their families, children learn about geography, identify the influence of European and African traditions, and describe the interactions between European and African Americans. As Drayton Hall educators introduce visitors to historical individuals of Drayton Hall, visitors compare and contrast the lives of the enslaved with those of the plantation owners. The three hands-on stations include the field station (agriculture, rice cultivation, and processing), artisans (blacksmithing & coopering), and kitchen and housekeeping (cooking and cleaning).

90 minutes.
* Often paired with the African-American-focused
house tour for an additional fee.

 


 

Revolutionary War (Family Tour)

With their families, children learn about the American Revolution through interactive stations. Visitors learn about leaders, such as William Henry Drayton and Francis Marion, and about the common soldiers of the British and Continental armies, who camped at Drayton Hall as part of the campaigns for Charleston. The three stations include uniforms, navy, and camp life.

90 minutes.
* Often paired with the Revolutionary-War-focused
house tour for an additional fee.

 


 

Civil War (Family Tour)

With their families, children learn about the American Civil War and the experiences of soldiers, women, and children on the homefront, and the contributions of both enslaved and free African Americans. Three interactive stations include uniforms, camp life, and the homefront.

90 minutes.
* Often paired with a Civil-War-focused
house tour for an additional fee.

 

For questions, reservations, and pricing:

Debbi Zimmerman
Group Tour Coordinator,
843-769-2630 or by e-mail.

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