The Plantation House Tour
LENGTH: 30-45 minutes
LOCATION: Tours begin on the front porch of the Plantation house.
TIMES: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm
COST: $15 per person with paid garden admission, children 5 and under are free
Step back in time with a half-hour guided tour of the Drayton family home, the third to grace the site in more than three centuries of Drayton family occupation. The “Big House” you see today was built in the late nineteenth century. (Two previous houses were destroyed by fire—the first accidentally, the second by Union soldiers in 1865.) This tour gives an overview of family life at Magnolia, focusing on the years between 1870 (when work on the present structure was begun) and 1975, when the house was opened to the public. Ten rooms are open to the public, furnished with early-American antiques, porcelain, quilts, and other Drayton family heirlooms. Guides describe life in the 19th century, using furniture and household objects to bring plantation culture alive.
During the house tour you will learn the history of the Drayton family as well as the fate of the two previous family homes.