Drayton the only plantation house on the Ashley River to survive intact through both the Revolutionary and Civil wars. The other main Charleston plantations a few miles upriver did not escape major damage.
The mansion was built for John Drayton starting around 1738. He was the third son of the Drayton family and would never inherit the family home of Magnolia Plantation 3 miles away.
The attached ‘flanker buildings did not survive the earthquake of 1886 (estimated to be a 7.3 register, perhaps the largest in US history) or the hurricane of 1893.
Rice and indigo were the main crops, the actual fields and holdings were here and all along the South Carolina Lowcountry.
The land and building are now owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and managed by the Drayton Hall Preservation Trust.
The property, house, and out buildings are maintained in a state of preservation, which is an ongoing project since it’s all close to 300 years old.
Drayton Hall, Ashley River, Charleston.