Drayton Hall & Edmondston-Alston House
Construction of the Drayton Hall plantation house began in 1738 by John Drayton
and its Georgian-Palladian architecture represents the oldest surviving example of its
kind in the American South (no plumbing or electricity was ever used). Professional guides
enlighten visitors about the dynamics affecting Drayton Hall over time and lead dedicated program
discussions about African American history.
3380 Ashley River Road
Charleston, South Carolina 29414 USA
The stately Edmondston-Alston House was built in 1825 on Charleston's High Battery and is one of the city's most splendid dwellings.
A witness to many dramatic events in Charleston’s history, the Edmondston-Alston House is a classic example of the city’s changing
and sophisticated taste in architecture and decorative arts.
The Edmondston-Alston House is a repository of family treasures, including Alston family
silver, furniture, books and paintings that remain in place much as they have been for over a
century and a half.
There is an exquisite collection of prints and other artifacts collected on Alston
family trips abroad. Guided tours of the house give visitors an insight into the lifestyle of merchant Charles Edmondston,
who first built the house in 1825, and Georgetown County rice planter Charles Alston, who later bought the house in 1838.
This privately-owned luxury bed and breakfast is nestled within the urban
compound of Charleston’s historic 1825 Edmondston-Alston House, one of the first dwellings constructed along
the High Battery facing Charleston Harbor.
Entrance to Drayton Hall