A Staging Ground Of American History

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Like most home stagers I love touring houses, old, new, vacant, or furnished. So one of the sights that I was determined to see on my first trip to South Carolina was a plantation. I was very excited to hear that there was an unrestored one on the Ashley River near Charlstown. Loved Charlstown, especially the historic homes,( not surprising for a home stager married to an architect,) and the food. But that's for another post.

We had visited Mt Vernon on other trips, but were intrigued by the idea of an unrestored plantation.

Drayton Hall, built by John Drayton in 1738, is the oldest surviving example of Georgian Palladian architecture in the country. It was home to seven generations of Draytons. The house never has had heat, electricity or even indoor plumbing!

In 1974 Charles and Frank Drayton sold the land and buildings to their National Trust, thus insuring that the property and it's history would be spared from developers, and saved as a treasure of history for generations to come.

The plantation has survived use as a staging ground by both Colonial and British troops during the Revolutionary War ( no relationship to today's home staging,) the Civil War, hurricanes and an earthquake. The National Trust works to preserve the structure and grounds, but does not restore the interior. In this way the house represents layers of history. Many finishes are original.

To read much more about this amazing piece of our history go to:


Drayton Hall

 Original paint and woodwork.

 The Grand Ballroom on the second floor had to have the floors replaced and reinforced when it was in use due to the stress on the structure because of the dancing.

 The red spots are the original primer used before the paint was applied.

Missing trim is not replaced in order to preserve the historic integrity.

 Outside leading to the basement.

 Fireplace in the basement used for cooking. Held three hearths.

The master bath, actually the family privy.

 It's not really named Spanish Moss.


Drayton Hall is a must see when visiting South Carolina as is the historic downtown of Charlestown, and don't forget the food.

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Linda Thompson

Fresno, CA- home staging and redesign services

                  Selling By Design-Staging

Selling By Design-Staging specializes in giving homes an edge on the competition by creating atmospheres that are appealing, inviting and that say to potential buyers "Welcome home." For more information we invite you to visit our web site at   http://www.sellingbydesign-staging.net


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Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

I love touring these types of homes too Linda, thank you for the history lesson and your great descriptive photos. I cannot imagine how people lived without all our modern conveniences!

Oct 24, 2012 10:56 PM #1
Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

Looks like you had an enjoyable trip Linda.  The east coast and the southern east is a part of the country that I want to visit! 


Oct 25, 2012 01:38 AM #2
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Linda - I love touring historic houses.  This one sounds very special, as you can view the home's original paint colours and materials, without intrusive or altering restoration.  What fun! 

Oct 25, 2012 05:16 AM #3
Linda Thompson
Selling By Design-Staging - Fresno, CA

Hi Karen,

It was a great experiene. I agree about the modern conveinces. The home was used as late as the 1960's by the family for vacation. That amazed me. Must be rugged people.

Oct 26, 2012 04:28 AM #4
Linda Thompson
Selling By Design-Staging - Fresno, CA

Hi Ginger,

You would really enjoy the east coast. So much history and architecture.

Oct 26, 2012 04:30 AM #5
Linda Thompson
Selling By Design-Staging - Fresno, CA

It was fun, Sally. Really fascinating to see a building that has lasted so long. We don't see that much in this country.

Oct 26, 2012 04:32 AM #6
Melissa Marro
Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team - Orange Park, FL
Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging

Linda - I just moved from Charleston, SC. The architecture is stunning and Drayton Hall is beautiful. You have lovely photos of it. 

Oct 28, 2012 01:31 PM #7
Linda Thompson
Selling By Design-Staging - Fresno, CA
Thanks, Melissa. We really enjoyed Charlestown and the Lowcountry in general.
Oct 30, 2012 09:14 AM #8
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