Minimum 5 people
Approx. 60 minutes
Join professional historical interpreters for a guided tour through Drayton Hall, which remains in near-original condition to the 1740s. Acclaimed as an architectural masterpiece – and the first fully-executed Georgian-Palladian structure in colonial America – Drayton Hall has witnessed nearly three centuries of American history. Tours cover architecture, preservation philosophy, the South’s plantation economy, and the historical figures – both enslaved and free – who lived and labored at Drayton Hall. Using a variety of historic resources such as photographs, archived letters, entries from plantation journals, and oral history interviews, interpreters explore fascinating details that span the three centuries that Drayton Hall has survived. The Connoisseur Tour can be tailored to a group’s specific interests, whether a time period (Revolutionary War to Reconstruction) or a topic (decorative arts to preservation). The tour provides visitors with the time and flexibility to freely ask questions, photograph, and immerse themselves in three centuries of American history.
Connections: From Africa to America
Minimum 15 people
Approx. 45 minutes
Join a historical interpreter for a program about the history of Drayton Hall and those who lived and labored here. This program focuses on the connections, contributions and experiences of enslaved Africans and freed African Americans in Drayton Hall’s rich history. Discover how European and African traditions blended to created the rich Lowcountry culture that exists today. Topics include African culture, the Gullah language, rice cultivation, emancipation, and Reconstruction.
A Day on the Ashley
(Package Tour with Middleton Place)
$92.00/person (includes lunch at Middleton Place)*
Minimum 15 people
Allow 5 hours
Charleston’s most historic Ashley River plantations have created a package that invites groups to tour Drayton Hall and Middleton Place, and enjoy an authentic Lowcountry lunch. The package includes a Connoisseur Tour at Drayton Hall, a guided tour of the Middleton Place House Museum, self-guided tours of America’s oldest landscaped gardens, stable yards, freedmen’s cabin, chapel, and Museum Shop, and a Lowcountry lunch at the Middleton Place restaurant.
*Please note that any groups scheduled to arrive on or after April 1, 2018 are subject to a rate increase. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing details.