Drayton Hall is an 18th-century plantation home located 15 miles away from Charleston, South Carolina. Owned by the Drayton family until 1974 it is the only plantation house on historical Ashley River stretch that stands intact to the present day. It has survived turbulent times of the American Revolution and the Civil War and today remains close to its original condition: unmodernised, minimalistic and bare in its principles and execution. With the last layer of paint updated some two centuries ago, the absence of furniture or artifacts intensifies the intention of the founders to preserve the property in its original state.
When you visit the plantation on a hot summer day the aged oaks will provide much needed shadows to enjoy the cooling breeze smoothening your skin as you explore the gardens and make your way towards the river. It meanders slowly through the marshes bathing sandy soil with fresh water soaking the vegetation that explodes overgrown with life casting sharp shades against the bright sunlight. You have to adjust your vision to see clear behind these dark patches to keep those memories where intended. Let them freeze in the past: preserved, unchanged, fading away slowly.