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Drayton Hall

May 14, 2013

Drayton Hall is the oldest preserved plantation home open to the public. It was built in 1738. Our tour guide stressed the difference between “preserved” and “restored.” To me, it looks like they keep the place in a state of arrested decay not unlike the ghost town of Bodie, California.

It’s devoid of furniture, which my wife found disappointing. It is, they say, an excellent example of Georgian Palladian architecture. Everything about the place is about perfect symmetry. Even to the point where they stuck a doorway up against a brick wall, because, doggone it, the room’s design was more balanced that way. The effect was very Winchester Mystery House to me, but what do I know?


After our tour, we walked the spacious grounds. We admired the Ashley River that runs along the plantation’s “backyard.”

We enjoyed the front lawn with its picturesque pond and brick well.

This photo was taken near Drayton Hall and I’ve posted it for our daughter, who has read Gone With The Wind twice.


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  1. One of my favorite places.

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