When one considers the history of Drayton Hall it is no wonder that the mansion was declared a National Historic Landmark. This house has seen a lot of history, and managed to survive it too. Most other similar mansions from its time along the Ashley River were destroyed in the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and the 1886 earthquake or in any number of hurricanes yet Drayton Hall has managed to survive all these tests. Today this beautiful building and its stunning grounds can be visited and toured by the general public.
Things to Do
- Participate in Connections, a 30-minute program that focuses on the realities and hardships of life for Africans and African-American slaves who labored at Drayton Hall. Presenters use primary sources and artifacts from the slave era to illustrate what kind of a life the slaves lived and they also focus on the myriad ways in which African and European cultures intersected and continue to affect today's modern society.
- Get a better sense of Drayton Hall's long natural and human history on one of the Marsh and River Walks. These walks take visitors around a section of the 125 acre estate where they can learn about the Ashley River, hear about the human beings who have lived there for 10,000 years and see the birdlife and wildlife in their natural habitat.
Drayton Hall Insider Tips
- If you want to encourage some interest from your kids in Drayton Hall and its long storied history then introduce them to the games and activities available online before they go.
- To see what events and programs are coming up during your visit check out Drayton Hall's events calendar.
- Children aged 5 and under are granted admission free of charge.