Drayton Hall Plantation - West Ashley Charleston County South Carolina SC

Drayton Hall Plantation – West Ashley – Charleston County



Drayton Hall Plantation House 2009 - Charleston County, South Carolina
— Drayton Hall Plantation House © Brandon Coffey, 2009 —
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Basic Information

Drayton Hall Plantation - Charleston County, South Carolina
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Timeline

  • 1678 – Earliest known date of existence when Edward Mayo received a land grant for 750 acres (2, p. 51).

  • 1680 or 1681 – Mayo sold the property to Joseph Harbin. Harbin constructed a house on the property (2, p. 51, 53).

    The property changed hands several times and was subdivided (2, p. 51).

  • 1738 – John Drayton purchased the property from John Greene and began constructing a new house (2, p. 51).

  • Circa 1742 – The house was completed (2, p. 52).

  • 1779 – John Drayton died leaving Drayton Hall to his fourth wife Rebecca (2, p. 52).

  • 1783 – Rebecca sold the plantation to her step-son, Charles Drayton (2, p. 52).

  • 1820 – Charles died, willing the plantation to his son Dr. Charles Drayton II (2, p. 52).

  • 1844 – At the death of Charles II, Drayton Hall remained in the Drayton family and did so for a total of seven generations (2, p. 52).

  • More commercial activities started to take place at the plantation with the growing of rice, cotton and mining of phosphate (2, p. 52).

  • 1974 – The house was acquired by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

  • 1977 – Drayton Hall was opened to the public

Drayton Hall Plantation Hall 2009 - Charleston County, South Carolina
— Hall at Drayton Hall Plantation © Brandon Coffey, 2009 —
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Land

  • Number of acres – 750 acres in 1678; 350 in 1738; When the Drayton family sold the property to the National Trust in 1974, they sold 633 acres. Today the National Trust holds 125 acres, and the State of South Carolina holds the balance.

  • Primary crop – Cotton, rice, phosphate (2, p. 52-53)

Slaves

  • Number of slaves – The number of slaves that lived at Drayton Hall varied from year to year. The average number of slaves reported by the census to be living at Drayton Hall between 1790 and 1860 is 45.

Drayton Hall Plantation Room 2009 - Charleston County, South Carolina
— Room Drayton Hall Plantation © Brandon Coffey, 2009 —
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Buildings

  • Today Drayton Hall consists of the main house and privy. The main house originally was complete with two flanker buildings: the kitchen flanker and laundry flanker; however, an earthquake destroyed the laundry flanker in 1886 and a hurricane destroyed the kitchen flanker in 1893.

  • The Museum Shop is housed in one of the two surviving historic outbuildings of Drayton Hall - the wood frame caretaker's house, built in the late 1800s.

References & Resources

  1. Drayton Hall National Register of Historic Places
    Nomination form - PDF - submitted in 1976
    Photographs, architectural overview

  2. Ashley River Historic District National Register of Historic Places
    Nomination form - PDF - submitted in 1994
    Photographs, architectural overview

  3. Drayton Hall Plantation: Click here

  4. 30-15 Plantation File, held by the South Carolina Historical Society

  5. William P. Baldwin Jr., Plantations of the Low County: South Carolina 1697-1865 (Westbrook, ME: Legacy Publishing, 1994)
     Order Plantations of the Low County: South Carolina 1697-1865

  6. Rosina Sottile Kennerty, Plantations on the South Side of Ashley River (Charleston, SC: The Nelson Printing Corporation, 1983)
     Order Plantations on the South Side of Ashley River

Contact Information

  • Drayton Hall Plantation
    3380 Ashley River Road
    Charleston, SC 29414

    Telephone: 843-769-2600
    Website: Click here

Drayton Hall Plantation Carving 2009 - Charleston County, South Carolina
— Carving at Drayton Hall Plantation © Brandon Coffey, 2009 —
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