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Creating a Richer Visitor Experience at Drayton Hall

By Trish Lowe Smith and Sarah Stroud Clarke Preserve as is, never restore—that, in a nutshell, is the preservation philosophy at Drayton Hall , a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Widely believed to be the first and best Palladian house in North America, Drayton...

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Forum Webinar: Managing Photography at Historic Sites

On March 19 Preservation Leadership Forum and two of the National Trust’s Historic Sites joined forces to host the most recent Forum Webinar —a conversation about DIY photography at historic sites. Panelists Corey Heyward, Wexler Curatorial Fellow at Drayton Hall , and Christa Carr, director...

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Spring 2008 Forum Journal: America's Historic Sites at a Crossroads

Table Of Contents Introduction: The Call for a National Conversation by James Vaughan Historic House Museums: An Embarrassment of Riches? by Marian A. Godfrey Crisis or Transition? Diagnosing Success at Historic Sites by Max A. van Balgooy Funding the Fundamentals by...

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Drayton Hall Dedicates New African-American Memorial

Drayton Hall will dedicate a newly created Memorial at its 18th-century African-American cemetery, one of the oldest African-American cemeteries in the nation still in use. The Memorial will honor the lives of the people of African descent—enslaved and free, named and unknown—who are laid to...


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Whole Place Preservation: The Ashley River Region and the Watson Hill Campaign

George McDaniel, executive director of Drayton Hall (a National Trust Historic Site), will never forget the day in the spring of 2005 when he got the call from Bo and Mickey Barry, two longtime residents of the Ashley River Region and good friends to Drayton Hall. Mickey tearfully explained that...


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Keeping the Doors to History Open

For most, the anticipation of pleasant days, an expansive natural landscape, and a premier eighteenth-century Georgian Palladian plantation house is usually reason enough to visit Drayton Hall in the spring. However, this year there were more compelling reasons for a group of preservationists to...


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President’s Report 2005

Let me first express my appreciation for our partners and cosponsors, and the many people here in Kentucky and southern Indiana who worked so hard to make this conference happen—especially co-chairs Madeline Abramson, Christy Brown, Linda Bruckheimer, Marlene Helm, and Liz Kennan. The...


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Unexpected Discoveries During Drayton Hall's Portico Rehabilitation

By Trish Smith A year ago, Trish Smith wrote about the work on Drayton Hall’s portico here on the Preservation Leadership Forum blog. We thought it was time for an update. Drayton Hall from across the pond. | Credit: Wade Lawrence Established in 1738 and completed by the mid...

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Co-Stewardship at Historic Sites and the Path to Local Governance

The National Trust’s vision for historic sites—the “Sites Vision”—focuses on the relationship of five elements—national significance or impact, alignment with the National Trust’s mission, financial self-sufficiency, the modeling of a variety of...

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A New Era for Drayton Hall

By George McDaniel Ph.D DHPT Chair Steve Gates and NTHP President Stephanie Meeks signing the co-stewardship agreement. | Credit: Ashley Darland As the night faded and the sun rose on January 1, 2015, Drayton Hall, an icon of historic preservation in America, began a new era....

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