Work has begun on Drayton Hall's new $6 million visitors center, and the museum property has launched a public fundraising campaign to help finish paying for it.
The Drayton Hall Preservation Trust already has raised $4 million during its initial silent campaign. Hood Construction is building the new center, which will have educational and exhibit galleries and is expected to open in the spring of 2018.
Trust President and CEO Carter Hudgins said the public fundraising campaign "marks a new era for the site and a priceless gift to future generations."
The new complex will educate visitors about the site’s three centuries of history, including the origins of the iconic Palladian home and Drayton Hall’s collection of objects and artifacts, many of them not found anywhere else in colonial America.
The public fundraising campaign will kick off with a special event, “The Future of Drayton Hall: An Insider Conversation,” from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Charleston Museum. Those interested in attending are asked to register in advance at draytonhall.org.