Drayton Hall, Back Door by David Davies

This is the rear entrance to Drayton, Hall, South Carolina. The road leads to the river where supplies were unloaded.

(Wikipedia) Drayton Hall, in the South Carolina “Lowcountry” and about 15 miles (24 km) northwest of Charleston, South Carolina and directly across the Ashley River from North Charleston, South Carolina, is one of the most handsome examples of Palladian architecture in North America.

The house was built for John Drayton, begun in 1738 and completed in 1742, using both free and slave labor. The seven-bay double pile plantation house stands in a 630-acre (2.5 km2) site that is part of the plantation based on indigo and rice. Drayton Hall is the only plantation house on the Ashley River to survive the American Revolution and Civil War intact. Seven generations of Drayton heirs preserved the house in all but original condition, though the flanking outbuildings have not survived: an earthquake destroyed the laundry house in 1886 and a hurricane destroyed the kitchen in 1893.

The house has a double projecting (and recessed) portico on the west facade, which faces away from the river and toward the land side approach from Ashley River Road. The double projecting portico resembles a similar feature at Villa Cornaro, a country estate near Venice, Italy, designed by Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio in 1551. The floor plan of Drayton Hall is Palladian as well, perhaps derived from Plate 38 of James Gibbs’ A Book of Architecture, the influential patternbook published in London in 1728. A large central entrance stair hall with a symmetrical divided staircase is backed by a large saloon, flanked by square and rectangular chambers.. Pedimented chimneypieces in the house are in the tectonic manner popularized by William Kent. There is fine plasterwork in several of the rooms of the main floor, which is set above a raised basement.

Included in the Ashley River Historic District, it was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1960.

The South Carolina Department of Archives and History claims that Drayton Hall is “without question one of the finest of all surviving plantation houses in America”.

Drayton Hall is managed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which opened the house to the public in 1977 and presents both sides of the historic plantation economy exemplified by the Draytons, both white and black. The first guide to the house, Drayton Hall, was published in 2005.

Canon PowerShot A520

I’ve been an amateur photographer for as long as I can remember, which at my age is about a couple of weeks! I’ve owned film cameras from Zeiss, Scheider, Leica, Nikon and Olympus, as well as digital cameras from Pentax and Canon, and still have several, if I can ever find them. I currently use a Sony NEX-5N with an 18-55mm zoom lens, and after a year of ownership am still learning all the functions.

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  • David Davies
    David Daviesabout 4 years ago

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyabout 4 years ago

    Fabulous shot David. Love the framing with the door and what a view outside. Fave.

  • Thank you Gary and thanks for the fave. It was one of those ‘You must take me or I’ll kill you!’ situations! lol

    – David Davies

  • imagic
    imagicabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful fine shot David – great composition…. Bravo
    Greetings
    Jens.

  • Thank you so much, Jens, glad you like it!

    – David Davies

  • JDL15
    JDL15about 4 years ago

    gr8 framing

  • Thanks, John!

    – David Davies

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks, Audrey!

    – David Davies

  • Raymond Kerr
    Raymond Kerrabout 4 years ago

    Great capture ..

  • Thank you, Ray!

    – David Davies

  • Julesrules
    Julesrulesabout 4 years ago

    lovely composition David:-)

  • Thank you, Jules!

    – David Davies

  • Michael John
    Michael Johnabout 4 years ago

    Nicely framed David.

  • Thanks, Michael.

    – David Davies

  • Odille Esmonde-Morgan
    Odille Esmonde...about 4 years ago

    Lovely shot, has a real ‘secret garden’ feel to it.

  • Thanks, Odille. You’re right, it is a bit like that isn’t it!

    – David Davies

  • Lilian Marshall
    Lilian Marshallabout 4 years ago
    Beautiful view David.
  • Thank you, Lilian!

    – David Davies

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