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ASWAD Drayton Hall Excursion


Wednesday, November 4, 2015 from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM (EST)

ASWAD Drayton Hall Excursion

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Drayton Hall, built in 1738, is the oldest preserved plantation house that is open to the public. Following seven generations of Drayton family ownership, the house remains in nearly original condition and has never been modernized, providing an unmatched look at colonial living. Drayton Hall is also home to one of the country's oldest African American cemeteries and the Drayton Hall Preservation Trust is dedicated to telling the stories of both the Europeans and the Africans who lived and labored on the plantation. At its height, the Drayton Hall plantation encompassed over 350 acres, and it served as the hub of the Drayton family's massive commercial empire. The family eventually owned 100 different plantations totaling approximately 76,000 acres across South Carolina and Georgia where generations of enslaved Africans and Native Americans grew rice and indigo for exportation to Europe and reared cattle and pigs for shipment to the Caribbean sugar islands.

This excursion is $25 and includes transportation, lunch, and a discussion with Professor Margaret Washington, author of "A Peculiar People:" Slave Religion and Community Culture Among the Gullah, who is a renowed specialist in early African American history and Gullah culture in the Lowcountry.

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Drayton Hall Plantation
3380 Ashley River Rd
Charleston, South Carolina 29414

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM (EST)

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