Drayton Hall’s Fall 2015 Distinguished Speakers Series Starts September 17

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The Friends of Drayton Hall are pleased to present the 2015 fall season of the Drayton Hall Distinguished Speakers Series. Beginning with the opening event on September 17, you can expect thought-provoking presentations related to American history and culture by some of today’s most respected historians and curators. Speakers will also highlight the connections of Charleston and Drayton Hall to their research interests and answer questions from the audience. All programs will be held at South Carolina Society Hall.

For more about the fall series, visit the Distinguished Speakers’ website.

Carter Hudgins headshot 2013 - bwSeptember 17th – Dr. Carter C. Hudgins, Drayton Hall, will celebrate Ten Years of the Wood Family Fellowship — one of the most significant contributions to the stewardship and advancement of Drayton Hall. Past Fellows include Hudgins, Sarah Stroud Clarke, and Trish Smith who presently serve as the site’s Acting President & Executive Director, Archaeologist and Curator of Collections, and Curator of Historic Architectural Resources, respectively. Sponsored by Richard and Jill Almeida.

Portrait of Suzanne Hood; August 13th, 2014.

October 14th – Suzanne F. Hood, Colonial Williamsburg, will present China of the Most Fashionable Sort: Chinese Export Porcelain in Colonial America, including ceramics owned and used in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century America with a particular emphasis on archaeological ceramics, Chinese export porcelain, salt-glazed stoneware, and British pottery.

Inaugural Chipstone Lecture:

Milestone Portraits; Cary Carson; 30 Years;

November 19th, Cary Carson, Ph.D., Colonial Williamsburg, retired, to present All Dressed Up, But No Place To Go, which examines the extraordinary archaeological discovery of three of Colonial Virginia’s most lavish structures: over-the-top, eye-popping plantation houses, similar to the colonial stature of Drayton Hall — except that their owners never resided in their grandiose mansions. Why? Dr. Carson will unravel the mystery. Sponsored by the Chipstone Foundation.


All programs will be held at South Carolina Society Hall, 72 Meeting Street 

Doors open at 5:30pm with a Wine and Cheese Reception.
Presentations start promptly at 6:30pm.
No advance reservations; please arrive early as seating is limited.
The 2015 Drayton Hall Distinguished Speakers Series
is sponsored by The Francis Marion Hotel, Charleston, SC.


A New and Different Kind of Historical Preservation: Preserving Tangible Expressions of Public Sympathy for Emanuel AME Church by George W. McDaniel

Photo credit: Andrew Knapp, Post & Courier

Photo credit: Andrew Knapp, Post & Courier

I wanted to share Andrew Knapp’s moving article in the Post & Courier, which was first published on August 8th. It describes the lengths to which people from all over the world are going in order to express their heartfelt words of sympathy for the tragic massacre on June 17th and how the Emanuel AME Church and its members plus many volunteers are responding by preserving thousands of messages of love, support, and prayer.


Elizabeth, “Liz,” Alston, historian of Emanuel AME church and a former member of Drayton Hall’s Site Advisory Council, is leading this effort to archive these items, and I and other Charleston museum professionals are pitching in. On Friday and Saturday after the shootings, I visited the church to pay my respects and was struck by the number of tangible expressions of concern and support that people left in front of the church: hand-written notes, teddy bears, banners filled with signatures, hand-made crosses, candles, paintings, photographs, and scores of bouquets of flowers. They told of this moment in time, not only for our community but for our nation. It had not yet rained, and I was concerned that when the summer storms came, as they surely would in June, they would spoil the signed banners and artifacts. I called Liz and asked if they had plans for their preservation. She explained that, as a historian, she was thinking in the same way, but that the church was in the midst of grieving and had lost its leadership and was focused on conducting funerals and caring for any number of things large and small. She too was devastated, but nonetheless, suggested we meet.

After signing a banner in front of Emanuel on Friday after the tragedy and seeing all the other testimonials, I contacted Liz Alston, historian at Emanuel.

After signing a banner in front of Emanuel on Friday after the tragedy and seeing all the other testimonials, I contacted Liz Alston, historian at Emanuel.

Cross with notes and artifacts in front of Emanuel.

Cross with notes and artifacts in front of Emanuel.

Messages from the heart and soul.

Messages from the heart and soul.

I called a range of museum and preservation professionals, including John Hildreth, regional vice president of Eastern Field Services of the National Trust, Faye Jensen, director of the SC Historical Society, Toni Carrier, co-founder of Lowcountry Africana and a former fellow with Drayton Hall, Rebecca Campbell, a Drayton Hall descendant, who grew up near Emanuel, Kitty Robinson from the Historic Charleston Foundation, Carl Borick, director of the Charleston Museum, and others. Each responded positively, and just a week after the tragedy, we met in the ground floor room, where the shootings had taken place a week earlier .

First meeting of memorial committee, Liz Alston,Toni Carrier,Rebecca Campbell,Va Ellison,Faye Jensen,JH, GM (2)

First meeting of the memorial committee. Clockwise from top: Liz Alston, Toni Carrier, Rebecca Campbell, Virginia Ellison, Faye Jensen, John Hildreth, and George McDaniel.

It was discomforting to be in that same space yet also uplifting to see the life of the church continue, as members, young and old, came and went, comforted one another, and got ready for the Bible study that evening, the same study conducted a week earlier with the assassin present. Discretely to one side were chamber music musicians, including Charleston violinist Yuri Becker, who were there to play and to express through music their support for the Bible study that evening. We had our meeting, got the ball rolling for preserving artifacts, and since it had not rained, we brought a number of them into the church, including a large cross, and stored them in a side room.

Unidentified priest and Virginia Ellison remove signed banners for safekeeping on first day.

Foreground, L-R: Unidentified priest and Virginia Ellison remove signed banners for safekeeping on first day.

Liz Alston and me, in front of cross with note cards we saved on the first day

Me and Liz Alston in front of a cross with note cards of support. This was one of the first precious items that we rescued a week after the shootings and just before a thunderstorm.

While we were retrieving artifacts, a press conference was held directly in front of the church. About a half dozen pastors were gathered, and I was glad to see among them The Rev. Callie Walpole, an Episcopal priest in Charleston whom I know and who is the niece of friends of mine. The principal speaker was The Rev. Nelson Rivers, pastor of Charity Missionary Baptist Church and vice president of the National Action Network. Speaking forthrightly into television cameras, he explained in no uncertain terms that this was the time for “respect.” Protest has its time, but not at this time. These families have experienced loss beyond our understanding and will be respected during their times of grieving, as will their church and community members. With force, he declared, “Malcolm X was about respect. Martin Luther King was about respect. The civil rights movement is about respect. And if you don’t understand respect, then you don’t belong here at this time.” It was a challenge and an assurance, both for that moment and for our future.

Later that night a thunderstorm struck, so our retrieval of memorials had been just in time. Our group met again the next week, assessed progress, and retrieved more artifacts. Virginia Ellison and Celeste Wiley, archivists from SC Historical Society, and Karen Emmons, archivist with Historic Charleston Foundation, proved to be key players and offered the assistance of the Charleston Archives, Libraries and Museums association (CALM). Together, their association devised a well-organized process by which artifacts would be systematically photographed in situ and then retrieved from outside for safekeeping. Liz also contacted Mayor Joe Riley, and knowing Liz as he does, he quickly responded by offering both staff support (Danny Burbage and Megan Moughan) as well as temporary storage space in the St. Julian Divine Community Center not far from Emanuel. It was agreed that the articles would be carefully stored there until a more permanent home could be found. Thanks to CALM and the church, volunteers have since been retrieving artifacts on a regular basis and taking photographs before they were removed — papers, notes, teddy bears, canvas frames with inscriptions, crosses, even small rocks with words like “love” and “hope” painted on them and arranged in a circle. In fact, what we won’t remove are the fire hydrant and two or three crepe myrtles in front of the church now covered with hand-written messages and signatures.

At a later meeting, we met with The Rev. Norman Goff, Presiding Elder and interim minister for Emanuel AME, whom many of you saw and heard during the televised funeral services. A thoughtful man with a lot on his shoulders and his heart, he expressed his prayerful support and appreciation for our preservation effort. During our meeting, who came by? Gov. Chris Christie, candidate for President. He offered his sympathies and his appreciation for the preservation work we’re doing. Joining us too were historian Bernard Powers and Mary Battle Pinckney from the Avery Research Center from the College of Charleston.

In subsequent blogs, I’ll report more, but suffice it to say that in the near future, we will be developing a longer term plan and intend to learn from other sites, like Ground Zero, the Boston Marathon, the Vietnam Memorial, and 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham. As an example of a future blog, just this week, Edward Crawford, vice chairman of our board, visited Emanuel with me, and Liz Alston showed us around. Edward, a skilled photographer, took pictures, which we’ll feature here later, and was deeply touched by the power of place and of people.

I’ve been deeply grateful to the work with Liz Alston, the Rev. Goff, members of Emanuel, and staff from other museums and preservation organizations in Charleston. Even national support has been provided by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture thanks to Lonnie Bunch, inaugural director and former Drayton Hall Site Advisory Council member, and Dr. Rex M. Ellis, Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs and a friend of mine. The organization CALM is especially to be thanked for its remarkable dedication to preserving the public response of sympathy, hope, and support to this landmark moment in the history of Charleston and our nation.

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George W. McDaniel recently retired from his position as President and Executive Director of Drayton Hall. He is currently on sabbatical, during which time he has volunteered his services on behalf of Emanuel AME Church. He returns to Drayton Hall on October 1st to work with the Board of Trustees on several projects through June 2016.

All photos are courtesy of George W. McDaniel unless otherwise noted.

Job Announcement: Landscape Technician

view-from-portico-dh-landscape-1020x377Reporting to the Manager of Landscapes, Horticulture and Facilities. the Landscape Technician (LT) will assist in the maintenance and preservation of Drayton Hall’s historic landscape. The LT will work with other Preservation staff contributing to the achievement, support and compliance of the established and future landscape objectives as outlined in Drayton Hall’s Landscape Master Plan or as new projects and plans are initiated.


  • Contribute to the overall success of Drayton Hall in achieving its mission.
  • Maintain and present the landscape according to the highest professional horticultural standards. Primary responsibilities include turf maintenance including: trimming, mowing, pest control, fertilizing; garden duties including proper planting techniques, watering, fertilizing and mulching; removal of invasive plant material and dead plant material; general knowledge of aquatics.
  • Operation, inventory and maintenance of assigned landscape tools, equipment and machinery.
  • Perform duties to the highest standards of landscape maintenance for maximum presentation of historic gardens, trees, parking lots, woodland walks and the cemetery.
  • Work with and monitor volunteers in assigned duties within selected landscape and garden areas.
  • Ensure that all property signs and garden interpretation are well maintained and unobstructed.
  • Assist in emergency storm preparations and recovery, as required.
  • Develop knowledge of the site and its history by attending enhancement programs and reviewing the site landscape plans and horticulture documents.
  • Attend all meetings as required and help ensure effective communications.
  • Become knowledgeable in site security procedures.
  • Assist with special events and programming as needed, including arriving early and staying late to open/close the site, some evenings, weekends or holidays might be required.
  • Work as a cooperative member of a team, and be willing to lead, follow, and support colleagues in a tactful, positive way.
  • May perform other duties as assigned.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions.
  • While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls. The employee is required to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee may have exposure to moderate noise, crowds at functions or events, and at times variances in weather.
  • The employee must be able to lift items over 80 pounds and perform manual labor as required. The employee must be able to work outdoors. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and the ability to adjust focus.


  • Technical Certification or Associates Degree or higher in horticulture/landscape maintenance or in a closely related field,  with 1 year applied work experience; or High School Diploma plus 5 years work experience in landscape/horticulture maintenance.
  • Demonstrated ability to operate and maintain landscape equipment including tractors, commercial mowers, and other power equipment.
  • Safe and current driving record.
  • Ensure all work is performed in a safe manner; also demonstrate an understanding of instructions and deadlines, yet take initiative and work independently.

Position Details

  • Department: Preservation
  • Reports To: Manager of Landscapes, Horticulture and Facilities
  • FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
  • Employment Status: Full-Time

Please send a resume and cover letter to:

Drayton Hall Preservation Trust
ATTN: Eric Becker
3380 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29414
Or electronically to ebecker@draytonhall.org.

The Drayton Hall Preservation Trust is an equal opportunity employer.

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Job Announcement: Visitor Services Coordinator

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Reporting to the Director of Visitor Services, the Visitor Services Coordinator (VSC) serves as a primary point-of-contact for all visitor services on a daily basis. The VSC will be charged with supervising basic site operations at Drayton Hall, including the front ticket gate, museum shop, and the day-to-day interpretive schedule during his/her work week. The candidate will be the point-of-contact in case of emergencies, and will aim to ensure a consistently positive guest experience for all visitors to Drayton Hall.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the overall success of Drayton Hall in achieving its mission.
  • Serve as a point-of-contact for visitors in their experience at the site, providing clear and accurate information in a pleasant, effective, and positive way.
  • Manage basic daily site operations related to the visitor experience, including opening/closing museum shop, front ticket gate, office buildings, and historic structures; respond to the needs and concerns of front-line interpretive/visitor services staff.
  • Present guided house tours of Drayton Hall and Connections: From Africa to America programs to diverse audiences of all ages as needed.
  • Conduct educational and special interpretive programs for adult and student groups of all ages. Assist with program preparation and clean-up.
  • Provide coverage for Drayton Hall admissions and museum shop as needed.
  • Actively facilitate open lines of communication amongst different areas of the site (including museum shop, front gate, historic structures, multiple office buildings, etc.) to ensure efficient and orderly day-to-day operations.
  • Become knowledgeable in site security procedures.
  • Participate actively in interpreter training or enhancement programs in order to expand knowledge of the property and/or interpretive skills.
  • Assist with special events and programming as needed, including arriving early and staying late to open/close the site.
  • Work as a cooperative member of a team, and be willing to lead, follow, and support colleagues in a tactful, positive way.

Minimum Qualifications (Education, Experience, Skills):

  • Bachelor’s degree; studies in history, public history, museum studies, museum education, architecture, historic preservation, anthropology, or similar fields preferred.
  • At least three years of relevant experience required; experience in historic site work strongly preferred.
  • Must have strong oral and written communication skills, and be able to synthesize information into clear, effective presentations.
  • Must be dependable, trustworthy, and a problem-solver, with the ability to respond to stressful situations calmly, tactfully, and with good judgment.
  • Basic math and cash handling skills required; experience with point-of-sale retail systems, cash registers, and ticketing systems a plus.
  • Ability to work outdoors; some lifting and manual labor required.
  • Some weekend, evening, and holiday work required!

Position Details:

  • Department: Visitor Services
  • Reports To: Director of Visitor Services
  • FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
  • Employment Status: Full-Time

Please send a resume and cover letter to:

Drayton Hall
ATTN: Allison Jordan
3380 Ashley River Road
Charleston, SC 29414
or electronically at ajordan@draytonhall.org.

The Drayton Hall Preservation Trust is an equal opportunity employer.

Photograph by Robbin Knight.

McDaniel leaves admirable legacy at Drayton Hall

by Steve Gates, chair of the Board of Trustees for Drayton Hall Preservation Trust

First published on the op-ed page of the Post & Courier on July 9, 2015

At Drayton Hall, the sweep of history is measured in generations. We work every day to preserve an important historic house, the focal point of the property, built more than 250 years ago.

Dr. George W. McDaniel

Dr. George W. McDaniel

Drayton Hall has experienced prosperous times and lean times, but few people have had a greater impact than George W. McDaniel, Ph.D., executive director for the last 26 years.

George retired from his post on June 30, leaving a legacy of visionary preservation, education and community building.

We thank George for his distinguished service. Because of his leadership, the future of this irreplaceable historic site has never been brighter.

Incredibly, George’s first day as executive director was the Monday after Hurricane Hugo. Driving in from Summerville along Ashley River Road, George passed downed trees and devastated houses, unsure if Drayton Hall still existed as a physical structure.

The house was intact, but the grounds were severely damaged — the first of myriad challenges that George faced and overcame. Over the course of the next quarter century, George would become the driving force behind one of the most remarkable historic sites in America.

George’s outreach to both Drayton and African American family descendants and his conservation efforts in the Ashley River region now serve as models for other historic sites across the nation

He enhanced Drayton Hall’s financial sustainability and stewardship of the archival, archaeological and museum collections. Since its acquisition from the Drayton family in 1974, Drayton Hall had been owned and operated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of its stewardship sites.

George, working with board members, was instrumental in engineering a co-stewardship model of governance and administration that created the Drayton Hall Preservation Trust, a new 501(c)(3) organization, that is now responsible for the operation, preservation, interpretation and enhancement of Drayton Hall.

Most importantly, George has been a tireless advocate of whole place preservation as he believes the preservation of both natural and cultural resources is essential to maintaining the character of places.

He strengthened Drayton Hall’s connections to the community, created a transformative experience for visitors and led the exemplary preservation of the site and the surrounding landscape of the Ashley River corridor.

In July, George is transitioning to president emeritus, a consultative position to our Board of Trustees. He will take a well-deserved (and long deferred) sabbatical through the rest of this summer.

Vice President and Deputy Director Carter C. Hudgins, Ph.D., will serve as interim executive director until the Board of Trustees makes a permanent appointment.

The Drayton Hall of today is very different from the storm-scarred property George inherited more than 25 years ago.

Thanks to his efforts, Drayton Hall’s place in the story of American history has been magnified and enriched.

So, too, has its responsibility in conveying its history — the history of all of its residents — to visitors from around the world. With that in mind, the Board of Trustees is dedicated to taking Drayton Hall into a new era of thoughtful preservation and interpretation, and planning has begun.

We encourage the Charleston community, friends of historic preservation and students of American history everywhere to join us in thanking George McDaniel for his tireless efforts.

We also ask for your support as we move forward into a new era, ever mindful of our storied and celebrated past.

Click here to read on the Post & Courier’s website.

Reflections: Looking Back and Looking Forward at Drayton Hall with George McDaniel

From The Preservation Leadership Forum Blog

By Elizabeth Byrd Wood, senior content manager at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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Drayton Hall with the Ashley River in the background. The site’s goal is to “people” the landscape by interweaving African American history throughout the site and telling stories of specific individuals like the boatsmen Tim and Toby, who plied the Ashley River and beyond. | Credit: Drayton Hall Preservation Trust

For the last two decades, historic sites around the country have been engaged in a steady, thoughtful  discussion about slavery and race. This conversation isn’t always comfortable or easy, but it happens consistently and it happens with the authenticity and veracity that can only happen in an old place, in a place where history happened and history is preserved, and history is connected to the present. This year the Preservation Leadership Forum blog takes a look at National Trust Historic Sites and how their interpretation of slavery has evolved and changed over the years. In this month’s post we took a moment to catch up with George McDaniel, the executive director of Drayton Hall, about the evolution of slavery interpretation at his site. 

A day after the tragic shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Drayton Hall director George McDaniel and his staff were still trying to comprehend the enormity of the event. Yet McDaniel, who is retiring in September after 26 years of overseeing Drayton Hall, still firmly believes that an understanding of history—both the good and the bad—has increasing relevance in today’s world and can bring people together to work through what he calls “troublesome” history.

In a recent interview, McDaniel spoke with conviction about the crucial role of historic sites in telling the full story of the nation’s history and in dispelling falsehoods and misperceptions. “It is even more important now to use historic sites to build cross-racial bridges,” according to McDaniel. He goes on to note that African American history is integral to American history, and people who claim otherwise are historically illiterate. “There is no ‘their’ or ‘my’ history, only ‘our’ history,” he says.

Click here to read the complete Forum interview.


Job Announcement: Manager of Corporate and Foundation Relations


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With limited supervision, the Manager of Corporate and Foundation Relations will oversee the administration and planning associated with securing financial support from corporate and foundation partners, tracking progress toward meeting organizational fundraising goals. Duties include monitoring grant deadlines, drafting proposals and reports, and conducting research on potential funders who are committed to historic preservation, museum programming and education.

The position requires a thorough understanding of donor management and the ability to manage relationships with internal staff as well as foundation and corporate contacts.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Implement strategies and activities designed to increase support from existing foundation or corporate funders and identify new potential foundation and corporate support.
  • Manage information database of grant requirements; track contact between Drayton Hall and funders; track all foundation and corporate giving deadlines.
  • Create institutional database of potential new support.
  • Prepare foundation and corporate giving materials, including but not limited to proposals, letters of inquiry, grant reports, agreements, email, presentations, acknowledgment letters, and stewardship materials. This includes drafting original copy, editing copy, formatting, and printing.
  • Research the giving interests of foundation and corporate funders, stay abreast of philanthropic trends and recent foundation and corporate giving, and identify new opportunities for funding that align with Drayton Hall programs and priorities.
  • Assist program staff with their fundraising efforts, as appropriate.
  • Liaise with program staff and Finance staff to monitor grant expectations and spending.
  • Attend foundation meetings and events, cultivating relationships with current and prospective donors as appropriate.
  • Prepare senior staff for meetings and phone calls with foundation or corporate staff. This includes research and writing briefings.
  • May perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • B.A. or B.S. required.
  • Three to five years of foundation and corporate relations experience or comparable work with foundations and corporations, preferably within a not-for-profit setting.
  • Experience writing grant proposals and reports.
  • Experience reviewing budgets and financial reports.
  • Ability to work evenings, weekends, and travel occasionally.
  • Familiarity with 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) regulations.
  • Knowledge of Altru development and CRM software.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong analytical and research skills.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated willingness to learn.
  • Ability to prioritize and multitask in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work independently and work as a member of a team.
  • Genuine belief in the mission of Drayton Hall.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee may have exposure to moderate noise, crowds at functions or events, and at times variances in weather.  The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

Position Details:

  • Department:  Development
  • Reports To:  Director of Philanthropy
  • FLSA Status:  Exempt
  • Employment Status:  Full-Time

The Drayton Hall Preservation Trust provides a competitive compensation and benefits package

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to:

Drayton Hall Preservation Trust
ATTN: Steve Mount
3380 Ashley River Road
Charleston, SC 29414
or electronically at smount@draytonhall.org.

The Drayton Hall Preservation Trust is an equal opportunity employer.

Join Drayton Hall for an Exclusive Trip to Bermuda

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Exploring the Colonial Transatlantic World: A Curated Tour of Bermuda with Drayton Hall


Join us as we depart Charleston for another influential colonial destination: Bermuda. First settled in the early 17th century, this “jewel of the sea”, with its turquoise waters, pink sand beaches, vibrant cultural heritage, and refined hospitality, continues to beckon visitors 400 years later. This very special six-day excursion includes tours of private homes and collections, exclusive access to Parliament, luxury accommodations at a private beach resort, and much more. An extraordinary immersion in Bermuda’s rich history that will be led by the staff of Drayton Hall, A Curated Tour of Bermuda offers a unique opportunity to pursue your passion for historic architecture, breathtaking landscapes, and unique material culture. We hope to see you there!

Price Per Person:
$4,199 for Friends of Drayton Hall (based on double occupancy)
$4,699 for Non-members
Single supplement available upon request.
Space is strictly limited. Priority responses by Friday, July 31st.

What’s Included:
5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 4 dinners (11 meals total)
Accommodations, land transportation, tour fees, daily breakfast, and four dinners.
Air Transportation not included.

The exclusive Coral Beach Club, 5 nights
This trip requires a passport.

For booking and more information, contact Bryan Buck, AAA Travel at 843-766-2394, x12014, or brbuck@mailaaa.com. 

Space is strictly limited (maximum of 30 guests). Priority responses by July 31st.

To download a sample itinerary (subject to change), click here.

Coral Beach Club

The Coral Beach Club

Sunset at St. Georges and Coral Beach Club

TOP: Historic St. George’s Island, an UNESCO World-Heritage site. BOTTOM: Private beach at the Coral Beach Club


TERMS & CONDITIONS: AAA Travel Agency and Drayton Hall Preservation Trust reserve the right to cancel this tour prior to departure for any reason, including insufficient number of participants.  A $1500 non-refundable deposit per person is required at time of reservation to secure your space on the trip.  The final balance of your trip is due to AAA Travel Agency no later than January 29th, 2016.  Any cancellations after February 1st, 2016 will incur full penalty and no refunds will be issued.  Passports are required for travel.  AAA Travel Agency, its parent corporation, subsidiaries and its travel agents along with Drayton Hall Preservation Trust (herein collectively  “Travel Agency”) are acting as an intermediary for Suppliers in selling travel-related products or services, or in accepting reservations or bookings for services that are not directly supplied by this Travel Agency (such as air and ground transportation, hotel accommodations, meals, tours, carriers, wholesalers, transportation companies, tour operators, service companies etc.). Travel Agency maintains no control over the action of these Suppliers and, therefore, shall not be responsible for the actions of these Suppliers, their breach of contract, their failure to comply with any laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), or any intentional or negligent actions or omissions on the part of such Suppliers or Suppliers’ subcontractors, which result in any loss, damage, delay, inconvenience or injury to travelers or travelers’ companions or group members. AAA Travel Agency and Drayton Hall Preservation Trust shall not be responsible for any injuries, losses or damages in connection with terrorist activities, social or labor unrest, mechanical or structural integrity of air, sea, and ground transportation and accommodations, diseases, local laws, terrorists’ acts, climatic conditions, Acts of God, delays, changes or cancellation of travel due to weather conditions, hotel services, accidents or health related problems before or while in-transit to (e.g., an accident on the way to a tour), during, and after a tour, or any other actions, omissions, or conditions outside of AAA Travel Agency’s and Drayton Hall Preservation Trust’s control. By embarking upon his/her travel, the traveler voluntarily assumes all risks involved in such travel, whether expected or unexpected. Traveler is hereby warned of the above risks as well as possible travel industry bankruptcies and medical and climatic disruptions, and the possibility traveler may be unable to travel as scheduled because of personal emergency.  Travel Insurance (medical and cancellation) is strongly encouraged and recommended and is available through AAA Travel Agency.

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Emanuel AME Church - Photo: http://emanuelamechurch.org/

Emanuel AME Church – Photo: http://emanuelamechurch.org/


We are all saddened by the terrible events that took place at Emanuel AME Church when a gunman opened fire, killing nine innocent victims.  We are touched as individuals and as a community. Amidst this sadness and questioning, people are responding with full hearts. This morning, messages of concern, comfort, and support arrived from friends and colleagues in Washington, Savannah, New York, and as far away as Paris—and they are still coming in. Earlier, I spoke with Liz Alston, former member of our advisory council and long-time member of Emanuel, and expressed to her our deep condolences.

As we see in this incident and in the attacks on schools, movie theaters, and market places, there are forces that seek to divide us and to blind us to our common humanity. It is our responsibility to respond as best we can and to do so not with hate, but with light. And to do so as individuals, both in our life and in our work. In this way, we honor not only the victims, but the loved ones who must carry on

For now, it is our hope that healing will come swiftly to all those touched by this senseless tragedy.


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George W. McDaniel
President and Executive Director
Drayton Hall Preservation Trust