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Drayton Hall Fireplace mantel What Real Patina Looks Like

Drayton Hall Fireplace Mantel

Hey guys, this is what natural patina looks like. The Real Deal. When we visited Charleston in May we toured a couple of plantations. Drayton Hall was my favorite, hands down. The plantation house has been preserved….not restored.

Drayton Hall Plantation House Charleston tour Petticoat Junktion

Drayton Hall Plantation House

I bet you guys are thinking the same thing I did when I saw the house. What? This isn’t a “southern plantation”. I was looking for the white columns and the deep porches/verandas. Drayton Hall was built somewhere between 1740 and 1750 and the architectural style is Palladian.

From Wikepedia…..Drayton Hall … An outstanding example of Palladian architecture in North America and the only plantation house on the Ashley River to survive intact through both the Revolutionary and Civil wars, it is a National Historic Landmark.

Can you just imagine the stories those lovely walls could tell.

Drayton Hall Drive

This is the road leading in to the plantation.

Drayton Hall Entry

The portico …I was calling it a porch…is huge, with large marble columns and ornate wrought iron railings. All of the outbuildings were destroyed at one time or another. The white patch on the lawn shows the location of one of the buildings.

ceiling medallion Drayton Hall

The medallion on the ceiling in the great room is stunning. Yep, there are a few stars and other details missing but it’s still a beauty.

ceiling design Drayton Hall

The small circle and medallion is right over the main entry.

Drayton Hall Fireplace wood details

Natural Patina

The walls were painted various shades of blue when the plantation was repaired after the civil war. The original color of the walls was a creamy khaki. The naturally worn paint is too pretty for words. You guys know how I love to age and distress furniture. I was just in awe. I took tons of pictures but don’t worry, I’m not sharing all of them.

I wanted to take those walls home with me. On the tour we were asked to not get within 3 feet of the walls. There were large rugs in each room that helped corral all of us.

ornate architecture Drayton Hall

More beautiful details.

Drayton Hall green room

This room is different colors and a different style. The tour guide said it was not for guests to see, that’s why it isn’t as ornate.

Drayton Hall wall color

See what I mean about the different style in this room.

staircase Drayton Hall

The staircase and banister is just as detailed as the walls.

Drayton Hall Office Upstairs

This room is on the second floor and I believe it was the office of the plantation owner.

ceiling of upper room Drayton Hall

The ceiling is just as pretty as the walls.

architectural detail Drayton Hall

A better look at the room so you get the overall picture. I had a hard time taking photos of entire rooms because I didn’t want to get the other people on the tour in the photos.


A shot looking out from the office.


That JTS, he’s so darn cute. This is the back of the house leading into the bottom floor which contains the kitchen and other rooms.


There is a lot of excess building materials in the kitchen area. What about that gigantic fireplace on the left?


This was the school room.


The walls on the bottom floor were either brick or plaster covered brick.


The river at the back of the plantation.

Drayton Hall view from the river side

Looking at the back of the plantation house from the walk to the rivers edge. The back is just as imposing as the front!

I would love to go back to Charleston. There are so many things to see and do. I found this list and we missed a few things…..Best Places to Visit in Charleston.

I hope you liked the tour. Have a great day and I’ll see you later this week!

Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. Oh that is so awesome!!!!
    Your story is similar to mine. My father taught me a love of history and now my kids love it too.

  2. I visited Graceland about 14 years ago. Unfortunately I don’t think I have any photos😞. I remember how interesting every room we were allowed to see brought back many memories of my own past. We even saw a Pink Cadillac but it wasn’t at Graceland but close to it. I don’t know if it was “THE” Pink Cadillac.
    The saddest part was the gravesite. There were many tears from many people. Thanks for sharing your tour. It brought back sweet memories for me.

  3. The south is SOOOOO interesting and there are so many things to see! I recently took my 13 yr old granddaughter to Charlestown SC, Jekyll Island Ga, then to see the home of Helen Keller. It was 10 days of sightseeing, laughs, and learning all about history. I am a huge history buff thanks to my Dad and my kids caught it from me. I am so thankful that a 4th generation loves history!! I’m taking her to Washington DC soon where I grew up. I can’t wait to watch her learn!!♥️

  4. Absolutely beautiful! I’d move in and not change a thing! The plantation that is. Thank you for the tour. Would love to see more pictures, you take very interesting views.

  5. It was great living vicariously through your pictures. I love visiting historical places. With your photos, which were great, I feel like I was there with you.

  6. I have been here many years ago. We were not able to see as much of the home as you did so I loved seeing all of them.

    We toured all the plantations along the Ashley River. Thank you for sharing your pictures.

  7. So glad this home has been preserved. Even in our little town, some wonderful structures have been torn down, letting go of our history. Thank you for the pics; so glad you enjoyed your vacation.

  8. This is my kind of house! Love that woodwork above the fireplace in the office. The staircase is just gorgeous. I might have to shine up that wood a little, though. I want a big ole house like this!