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Owens-Thomas House

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Address: 124 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 31401-3732
Phone Number: +1 912-233-9743
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Mon 12:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Owens-Thomas House is considered by architectural historians to be one...

The Owens-Thomas House is considered by architectural historians to be one of the finest examples of English Regency architecture in America. Inspired by classical antiquity, this style of architecture takes its name from England’s King George IV, who ruled as Prince Regent from 1811 to 1820.The house was designed by the young English architect William Jay, one of the first professionally-trained architects practicing in the United States. The elegant residence was built from 1816 to 1819 for cotton merchant and banker Richard Richardson and his wife Francis Bolton. Mr. Richardson’s brother-in-law was married to Ann Jay, the architect’s sister. Three years after the house’s completion, Richardson suffered financial losses and sold his house, which later came under possession of the Bank of the United States.

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You feel like you have stepped back in time. The guides are very informative and their knowledge of the family and use of the house makes the tour worthwhile. The bridge in the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 April 2016
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cincinnati, ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

You feel like you have stepped back in time. The guides are very informative and their knowledge of the family and use of the house makes the tour worthwhile. The bridge in the upper level is amazing architecture and the gardens were lovely. We bought the package but this is the only tour we had time to take advantage of.

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Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting, and for the wonderful review of the Owens-Thomas House! We're always excited to hear that a guest had a good experience. More 

Apple Valley, MN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 213 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

We really loved this tour! Our guide was amazing. She explained things clearly, was patient, and was extremely knowledgeable about the house and the owners. Touring the home piqued our interest in William Jay, the young and talented architect of the building. Don't miss this one! If you are a senior, remember to ask for the senior discount. Take advantage... More 

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Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this review

Thanks so much for visiting, and we're glad you had a good tour! We think our interpretive staff is the best around! We'll also pass on your comments, and please know that we'll do everything we can to make sure our guests have nothing but pleasant memories of their visits. More 

Kansas City, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2016 via mobile

The admission price gets you into to other museums in addition to the house. The tour is well-organized and informative. The bridge upstairs in the housr is worth seeing; it is very unique. The gardens are lovely. Tour the Owens-Thomas house.

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Thanks for the kind review! More 

Collierville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016

If you only have time for one historic home make this your choice. Start in the slave quarters and have a guided tour through the wonderful home. Very interesting faux finishes and "the round room", The first home but you will see a bridge inside the home.

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Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this review

We're pleased to be Savannah's favorite historic home! Thanks so much for visiting! More 

Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

This house tour offers a glimpse into the areas where the slaves spent the majority of their time and the upper floors where the owners resided. Interesting tour worth your time.

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Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting! Our staff interpreters work very hard to include the story of everyone who was part of the household, and try to paint a complete picture of all their lives. More 

Scottsdale, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

The house sits on almost a square block and encompasses a central garden area plus slave quarters and stable. Physicians like Dr. Owens did quite well in those days I presume. Plumbing was state of the art for that period. Designed by a young British architect, William Jay. Very impressive.

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Thanks for visiting, and we're glad you enjoyed the home! More 

Gatineau, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

A must to visit. Our guide was great and took the time to explain all and did it with just the right amount of humour...

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Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting! We're always thrilled to hear a kind word about our interpreters! More 

Trumbull, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

So much history in this historic home, well worth the $20 combination ticket which includes this tour, the Telfair Museum and the Jepson center.

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Thanks for visiting, and we're glad you enjoyed it! More 

Burr Ridge, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

The Owens-Thomas house tour is excellent. The house is basically in it's original condition...even with the slave quarters. It had running water even before the White House.

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

This tour was very informative. Our guide was very articulate and knowledgable about the families that lived there. The haint paint, faux wall and floor treatments and the false doors were quirky and interesting.

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Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting! We love the House's little architectural details, too! More 

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