Historic Houses We Love: Drayton Hall (Charleston, SC)


When I received my latest e-newsletter from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, I was pleased to find an interesting interview with Charles Drayton, which  made me recall my own visit to historic Drayton Hall in 2007.   [Click here to read that National Trust article].

If you’ve never been, Drayton Hall is a stunning, circa 1742 plantation house outside Charleston, SC — and it is the oldest surviving example of Georgian Palladian architecture surviving in the United States.  It is also the only surviving plantation on the Ashley River to survive intact to today, and is a National Historic Landmark.  See the beautiful official website here.

My wife and I toured Drayton in December of 2007, and I probably snapped a hundred pictures.  Here are a few of those photos . . .  The first is the rear facade of the mansion  (Ashley River side):


Looking over the front lawn from a 2nd floor balcony:




More photos of Drayton Hall…charleston_day2-027








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  1. by Kristine Morris, on 01.19.10 @ 4:41 PM


    Dear Michael,

    We’re so happy that you enjoyed your visit to Drayton Hall and thank you very much for your many nice comments. Lovely photos!

    We hope you’ll come back and visit us soon — there’s always something new to discover here.

    With best regards,

    Kristine Morris
    Director of Communications
    Drayton Hall

  2. by Lucy, on 02.07.10 @ 8:58 PM


    We just happened to meet a couple from NC when we vacationed in St Augustine and they gave us free passes to view Drayton Hall. We found it fascinating and your blog has brought back many happy memories. Thank you!

    Come over and visit at:

    I have been looking for other vintage content blogs and am glad I’ve found you!

  3. by renee' evett, on 03.22.10 @ 8:57 PM


    I’ve visited Drayton Hall several times, and I love it!!! It is a wonderful house, and it speaks to me…I love that it is unfurnished, and so stark. You can really appreciate the house.

  4. by Richard Hall, on 05.30.11 @ 6:31 PM


    Can someone please tell me if the du Simitière watercolor of Drayton Hall has actually been confirmed to be the earliest known rendition of the building? Is the watercolor as early as is indicated? What I can glean from the internet is that the saga of its arrival at Drayton Hall is still a bit of an open-ended mystery in spite of the fact that the sender was tracked down in Virginia.


  5. by adedayo adeyefa, on 10.11.11 @ 8:19 AM


    i’m interested in buying the house. contact me via my mail address.

    thank you.

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