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…