Connections: From Africa to America

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 Africans and African Americans to South Carolina, Charleston, and Drayton Hall. Museum interpreters will present images of primary sources and artifacts to tell the story of the enslaved people and their descendants. 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. Connections is a perfect complement to the house tour and allows for a deeper appreciation of the rich and complex history of the site.


“Drayton Hall was the highlight of our trip; I left with renewed enthusiasm and deepened insight into the ways your staff is nurturing a very special place, assuring its vitality in the Lowcountry community now. I am especially happy that we got to hear the Connections talk. It was quite simply superb in every respect.”

—Sam W., Charlotte, NC

“I loved it. Our Connections speaker … brought the story of the enslaved Africans to life so that I saw what they saw.”

—Yvette T., Powder Springs, GA

“Thank you for bringing me here.”

—Jennifer H., 15 years old, to her mother

Visit A Sacred Place—one of the oldest documented
African American Cemeteries in the nation still in use.

Please note that Drayton Hall is closed for the five following holidays: New Year’s Eve and Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Eve and Day.
We are also closed during the first week in February for our annual site maintenance.


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