Drayton Hall Reimagined

New Visitor Center To Open in 2018

Working with Glenn Keyes Architects and Wertimer & Associates Landscape Architects to bring our vision for the future to life, the new Sally Reahard Visitor Center–named after a longtime Drayton Hall friend and a noted philanthropist–will include an orientation hall, education center, and exhibition galleries. “Miss Sally,” as she preferred to be called, loved Charleston, and this affection led to numerous gifts to local organizations, but her major Charleston project was always Drayton Hall. In 1974, Miss Sally made the gift which enabled the National Trust for Historic Preservation to acquire Drayton Hall. She also established the Drayton Hall endowment with a principal gift that she supplemented periodically. Miss Sally died in July 2003 at the age of 95.



Since announcing the public phase of the Drayton Hall Reimagined Campaign in February, we filled the Charleston Museum’s auditorium with supporters eager to hear from members of the design team including architect and project manager Glenn Keyes and landscape architect Sheila Wertimer, as well as President & CEO of Drayton Hall Carter C. Hudgins and long-serving board member Tony Wood. The group shared design details, updates on our collections and the way we’ve envisioned the spirit of the future visitor’s journey. If you missed the event, view a video highlight “Conversations with the Curators”.

Pictured L-R: Charleston’s Mayor the Honorable John Tecklenburg, National Trust officer, Drayton Hall’s Board Chair, President & CEO, descendants of the enslaved, and Drayton family patriarch, all “dug in” to signal the official start of this major site-wide advancement.

Local television stations captured the moment.

Groundbreaking Ceremony – Photo Album


An excerpt from the Post & Courier cover story by Robert Behre:

One of the Lowcountry’s most famous works of architecture is poised to get a new visitors and education center that will help explain the site’s history and other details beyond what the eye can see…

Find the complete article and image gallery here.


Carter, Charlie, and kids Celebrating our vision for the future with Charles H. “Charlie” Drayton, III, the 97-year-old Drayton family patriarch, his three children, other members of the Drayton family, and Drayton Hall’s staff and board of directors. Far left: Carter C. Hudgins, president and CEO of Drayton Hall, unveils the artist’s renderings and speaks to this exciting milestone in the site’s history, including the announcement that a main area in the new complex will be named for Charlie.


An excerpt from the cover article in the Spring 2016 issue of Interiors, the official newsletter of the Friends of Drayton Hall, written by Carter C. Hudgins, President and CEO, announcing the efforts of the Drayton Hall Preservation Trust to “take Drayton Hall to new heights”:

Since opening to the public nearly 40 years ago, Drayton Hall has aspired to operate as a world-class historic site… Now we aim to take Drayton Hall to new heights by expanding the visitor experience, improving our stewardship of resources, and aligning the board and staff under a new operating model with a focus on preservation, education, and inspiration…

Read the cover article here.


Media Contact: Jon Yarian (843) 425-5312 jon@consultseachange.com

For more information about Drayton Hall Reimagined, including giving opportunities, please contact: campaign@draytonhall.org

Top of page: Courtyard view of the new Sally Reahard Visitor Center. Artist rendering by Christian Sottile, Sottile & Sottile, 2016