Today, we’re taking a detour from my regular beauty and style posts–hope you enjoy!
As I mentioned in my post about Boone Hall Plantation, I’m a huge history buff. The last time I was in Charleston, though, I missed out on seeing any plantations whatsoever. So I did my research before heading back, and Drayton Hall really caught my eye.
|Drayton Hall was built like an English manor house. At one time, a colonnade flanked each side of the house.|
Drayton Hall was built in the mid-1700s along the Ashley River.* It survived the Revolutionary War, and was one of only 4 plantation homes along the river to survive the Civil War. In 1974, it was purchased from the Draytons by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. After much thought, it was decided that the home would be preserved instead of restored. This means that the various changes made by generations of Draytons have been kept the same, so the home has elements of various architectural styles spanning over two centuries.
*All factual information was related to us by our tour guide.
|They’re currently having structural issues with the portico, so we had to enter the house from the back. The windows you see at the lowest level are actually the above-ground basement.|
You can feel the history of this place. It’s all around you, and it feels like you could slip back through time at any moment. I was in awe of the home. The views all around the outside are breathtakingly gorgeous!
|At the moment, there are structural issues with the portico, so we had to enter the house from the back. I was able to snap this pic out the front door, though.|
|A model of what Drayton Hall would have looked like with the colonnades.|
|The staircase going upstairs.|