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Entering Drayton Hall, Charleston

Drayton Hall is the only plantation house on the Ashley River ‘plantation row’ to survive intact through both the Revolutionary and Civil wars, it is a National Historic Landmark. The river was the highway between the original 1600’s rice plantations and wealthy Charleston, South Carolina.

While very rural at the time the homes were designed, and built, like Renaissance architect, only better. Rice was like gold for centuries.

Drayton Hall, Charleston
Drayton Hall, Charleston

The entrances of plantations, like the grand manors in Charleston, were meant to immediately impress visitors. Actually many of the Charleston manors were owned by the plantations.

Drayton Hall, Charleston
Drayton Hall, Charleston
Drayton Hall, Charleston
Drayton Hall, Charleston

The details are incredible. Even more so when you consider they are from the era of 1600 – 1700.

Unfortunately the second floor here is closed for maintenance. Vibrations from the floor above are damaging the plaster design ceilings. It turns out the original design had a flaw, not enough open space between the wooden floors and plaster work. It only took 300 years for the damage to start.

Drayton Hall, Charleston
Drayton Hall, Charleston
Drayton Hall, Charleston
Drayton Hall, Charleston

A few more trips are needed to photograph the back room details. We do have access to the building and live nearby. Light and weather are the main consideration.

Best viewed large, the house is very impressive.

Drayton Hall, Ashley River, Charleston, South Carolina.

Inside Drayton Hall Plantation

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.

Inside Drayton Hall Plantation
Inside Drayton Hall Plantation

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.

Inside Drayton Hall Plantation
Inside Drayton Hall Plantation

The land and building are now owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and managed by the Drayton Hall Preservation Trust.

Inside Drayton Hall Plantation
Inside Drayton Hall Plantation

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.

Old Planters Lounge At The Dock Street

The home of the Dock Street Theater is the old Planters Hotel in Charleston. The main part of the building is a large 1800’s theater. The lounge area is from the old Hotel.

Old Planters Lounge At The Dock Street
Old Planters Lounge At The Dock Street

The lounge, like the theater is a step back in time. It’s also a great place to photograph. You don’t know where to point first.

Old Planters Lounge At The Dock Street
Old Planters Lounge At The Dock Street
Old Planters Lounge At The Dock Street
Old Planters Lounge At The Dock Street
Old Planters Lounge At The Dock Street
Old Planters Lounge At The Dock Street

Sunrise, Bennetts Point, South Carolina

I knew the sun, clouds, or even time was in my favor for a great swamp sunrise photograph.

It’s also beautiful anywhere on this stretch.

Sunrise Bennetts Point, South Carolina
Sunrise Bennetts Point, South Carolina

I went with plan B.

Stop the car (no danger of another one coming) and get a few shots.

ACE Basin, South Carolina.