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

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Drayton Hall Plantation - Charleston County, South Carolina
— Drayton Hall Plantation —


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


  • 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 (Ashley River Historic District National Register, p. 52-53)


  • Chronological list – Edward Mayo (1678-1680/01), Joseph Harbin (1680/01-?); John Greene (?-1738); John Drayton (1738-1779); Rebecca Drayton (1779-1783); Charles Drayton (1783-1820); Dr. Charles Drayton II (1820-1844); Drayton Family (1844-1974); National Trust for Historic Preservation (1974-present)


  • 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 of Drayton Hall Plantation © Brandon Coffey


  • 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.

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

    Telephone: 843-769-2600
    Website: Click here

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

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