10 September 2009

Charleston, South Carolina

Photo: Chris Bickford for The New York Times

Located on the outskirts of Charleston, Drayton Hall is a proudly spartan specimen of historic preservation for plantation mansions. It's eerily devoid of restored furniture and other period decorative touches, giving extra life to the creaky, original floorboards and plaster moldings. The interior of Drayton Hall, which was built in 1738. It's considered the oldest preserved plantation mansion still open to the public.

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