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
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.
This is the road leading in to the plantation.
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.
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.
The small circle and medallion is right over the main entry.
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.
More beautiful details.
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.
See what I mean about the different style in this room.
The staircase and banister is just as detailed as the walls.
This room is on the second floor and I believe it was the office of the plantation owner.
The ceiling is just as pretty as the walls.
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.
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