About The Blog

Drayton Hall is a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, located in Charleston, SC.  Drayton Hall isn’t like most house museums.  It’s different – it’s the real thing, a place preserved.  The site is often described in superlative terms:  the most significant surviving building in British North America, one of the finest examples of Georgian-Palladian architecture in the United States, the oldest preserved plantation house open to the public in the U.S.

But Drayton Hall is more than a house.  It’s a survivor.  Remarkably, after seven generations of ownership by the Drayton family and the devastating effects of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars as well as numerous hurricanes and earthquakes, the main house stands in nearly original condition—in fact, in some rooms visitors can still see the original coat of paint on the walls. On the other hand, the grounds that surround the house have changed dramatically since the time people began living here.  Outbuildings have come and gone, fields and forests have been cleared, cut, and grown up again.  Taken together, the house and its landscape tell fascinating stories that reveal who we are and where we’ve come from, in a way that no other place can. 

In the late 1700’s Charles Drayton, the son of the builder of Drayton Hall, began a diary that he would keep religiously for almost 40 years. Today that diary is the source of so much of the information that we have on that period in Drayton Hall’s history. In the spirit of Charles Drayton, we’ve started this “diary,” to document more modern times at Drayton Hall. This blog is where you can discover more about what’s happening at the site– what’s new, what’s going on, and how modern research at this historic site is shaping new ideas about the past.  And this is where you can tell us what you think– about your visit, about one of our programs, or about our latest preservation work.  We want to hear from you. 

The best way to experience Drayton Hall is to visit first-hand.  If you’re planning a visit, have recently come by, or just want to learn more about us, you can also explore our website at www.draytonhall.org

5 thoughts on “About The Blog

  1. I visited Drayton Hall once again on February 23 and found it as wonderful as ever. What a treasure! I always learn something when I go, and this time I finally was able to attend the Connections program. It was great. Also, I purchased a copy of of Voices of Drayton Hall DVD to view at home and found it very enlightning. I’m a preservationist and I love early architecture, so your site is my favorite. Keep up the good work!

  2. Hello, it is great to read about the restoration project. We know from experience how difficult it is to look after and maintain our historic buildings! Such a responsibility.

    We’ve just launched the Waddesdon Manor blog and added you to our blogroll.



  3. Recently my husband and I visited Drayton Hall. We chose it because of the house and history. The tour was wonderful and the guide was great. I love old houses like this one. I would love to see it restored to it’s original glory. The two out buildings found in the excavation should be restored. I couldn’t understand why a movie had never been filmed there. It would make lovely a lovely background. It is amazing that it is still there and will be for future generations.

  4. Does anyone know of someone from Drayton Hall who came to work for Charles Green in Savannah, Georgia, around 1850? A descendent came through the Green-Meldrim House and said that his ancestor worked for Green. He said that he had a photo he would share, yet he never got back in touch with anyone. Can you help me find out information about either. I write the newsletter for the Green-Meldrim House and would like very much to interview him. Thank you. donahue03@bellsouth.net

  5. Have recently found this blog and we are planning to make a trip to Drayton Hall as the Drayton’s were relatives of my husbands family, the Thorne’s of Barbados. I would very much like to be in touch with members of the Drayton family before we make a trip down from NJ. Would be wonderful to be able to connect with relatives after so many generations have passed. Please feel free to contact my email.

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