December 15, 2011

An Architectural Gem

Today, Tim and I made our way back to the coast for a visit to Charleston, South Carolina.  Charleston is one of my favorite cities, and I’m looking forward to sharing it with Tim.  On our way, we stopped at Drayton Hall, one of the many plantations along the Ashley River near Charleston.

A Beautiful Reflection
Built in 1738, Drayton Hall is the finest example of Georgian-Palladian style architecture in America and is the oldest preserved plantation house in America open to the public.  It’s a magnificent house and another favorite of mine. 

Outstanding Example of Georgian-Palladian Style Architecture
Drayton Hall had never been “modernized” when it was purchased by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  Neither electricity nor plumbing had ever been installed.  What I find intriguing is that the house has been preserved, not restored.  What this means is that the house has not been restored to a particular period in time, but has been preserved as it was received from the Drayton family in 1974.  Very few house museums today seem to use this approach.  In addition, the house is not furnished.  As a result, the tour focuses entirely on the architecture and the history of the house and family.  There are no distractions to take your eye away from the amazing woodwork.

The Landscape Is Also Beautiful
The grounds at Drayton Hall have also remained undisturbed, and we thoroughly enjoyed walking down to the river and sitting there for a bit.  It was so nice and quiet, and we missed that tranquility as we made our way through the heavy traffic around Charleston.

Along the Ashley River
We are staying at the campground at James Island County Park.  It’s a beautiful park and a very nice campground.  It even has full hookups.  The campground will be full this weekend, something that we are not used to.  Most of the places we’ve stayed have been mostly empty, so it will be interesting to see how we react to all of the crowds and commotion.


  1. I love Charleston! Did you get downtown to walk along the battery? I so look forward to reading your posts every morning. Thanks for sharing! :-)

  2. LV, Thank you so much for your wonderful comments. Writing the blog has been a lot of fun, and we especially enjoy your feedback. We'll make it to downtown Charleston and the battery on Saturday. I think Tim will be impressed. Sarah

  3. LV,
    I agree about looking forward to the blogs. I usally check two times a day and am delighted to see a new one and disappointed not to see a new blog, but the disaapointment leads to anticipation for the delight --Oh well, I digress.....
    It is fun to retrace past trips and to "visit" new places through Sarah's blog.
    Thank you Sarah,

  4. NF, Thank you so much, and I'm so glad you're enjoying the blog. I have to admit that I feel a bit guilty if I don't have time to write a new entry, or if there is no internet connection to post an entry that I have written. I certainly don't want to disappoint my loyal fans! Ha, ha! What I'm looking forward to is re-reading the blog next year, or the next and reliving this amazing trip. Sarah