Drayton Hall has reopened and we want to thank you! Buy your tickets at the Drayton Hall Gate and receive 30% off adult house tour and grounds tickets until September 23, 2018. The adult ticket will be $22 rather than $32. Now is the time to visit the newly expanded Drayton Hall! This offer does not apply to online ticket sales, gate tickets only.

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Throughout the 18th century, John Drayton amassed his fortunes through the cultivation of various crops, including the

John Drayton's indigo brand. Wood handle, iron shaft, copper-alloy die. Total length 9 inches, die length 3 3/4 inches.

growing and processing of indigo for use in the creation of a deep blue dyestuff popular in Europe. One artifact

Mirror image of the Drayton brand.

that survives from this period is his stamp wrought with his name “I. Drayton.” Because the stamp is made of a lightweight metal that is unable to withstand the high temperatures required for branding, it was likely used to mark indigo cakes prior to sale, as a mark of the manufacturer and an assurance of quality.