Drayton Hall is without question one of the finest of all surviving plantation houses in America. Its early date, 1738-42, makes its architectural sophistication all the more remarkable. John Drayton, a member of the King's Council, acquired the land on which Drayton Hall was built in 1738.
Perhaps because of their relatively comfortable position in South Carolina society at this early date, the Drayton’s were able to invest in the house a degree of architectural elaboration very rare in America in the first half of the eighteenth century.
Drayton Hall has conducted significant research into the lives of African Americans who have been an integral part of Drayton Hall's history from the 18th century to the 20th century.
Drayton Hall was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1960.