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Drayton Hall Plantation

A trip to Isle of Palms is sure to include quite a bit of outdoor recreation and exploration, but you should also make time to venture over to the Charleston area to take in all the historical attractions. As America’s oldest preserved plantation that’s also known for welcoming visitors, the Drayton Hall Plantation deserves a spot on your vacation itinerary. The site was established in 1738 and remains a relevant part of Lowcountry history after holding up in its original condition through two wars, earthquakes, hurricanes, and several generations of residents.

History of Drayton Hall Charleston, SC

Drayton Hall will take you back in time to the 18th century when plantations defined the very essence of the Southern lifestyle. Developed on 350 acres, the estate and gardens are a true work of unique architectural art. Constructed in colonial America, it has stood the test of time and been preserved to accurately portray this period of history. After passing through seven generations of Drayton family members, the property was transferred to the National Trust for Historic Preservation in the ‘70s. It is now a National Historic Landmark that receives numerous visitors every year. Upon entrance, one of the first things you’ll see is the Memorial Arch, designating the area that holds one of the country’s oldest African American cemeteries.

Visitor Information

Visitors can find Drayton Hall Plantation at 3380 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414, or call them at (843) 769-2600.

Guided house tours can be taken, giving you the opportunity to explore every nook and cranny of the estate’s interior. The landscape of Drayton Hall is a sight to see in its own right. It was meticulously developed and cared for, with a mixture of exotic and native plants featured as the main attraction. Though the front lawn was once a rice pond, it was reconstructed into the beautiful reflecting pool seen today. A display garden is also featured on the grounds with an assortment of blooming flowers, which are slated to change with the seasons. There is an interactive program centered on the experiences of the African Americans who lived at the Drayton Hall Plantation, nature walks, and a host of events that are held throughout the year.

Positioned on the Ashley River close to Charleston, Drayton Hall is worth the short trek from Isle of Palms to catch an up close and personal glimpse of plantation life. At Exclusive Properties, our goal is to make sure your vacation is the best it can be by providing the most accommodating rental options in the area. Browse our listings to find a property that’s right for you.

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