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Owens-Thomas House

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Address: 124 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 31401-3732
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+1 912-233-9743
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12:00 - 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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Interesting house to explore

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.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 April 2016
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Maine
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53 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 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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228 reviews
83 attraction reviews
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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Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this review

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

Gatineau, Canada
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21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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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119 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 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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Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this review

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

Burr Ridge, Illinois
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49 reviews
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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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We're glad you enjoyed your visit! More 

Greensboro, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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 

Southampton PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

The admission is a little on the expensive side but the tour lasts about an hour. The house was ahead of its time with indoor plumbing and curved walls.

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

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

Great Falls, Virginia
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56 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed touring this home designed by Mr. Jay. The ceiling design intended to make a square room look round and the second floor "bridge" are just two of the highlights.

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

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

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2016

An interesting home especially for some of the advance features in the day. Our docent for the tour was Jackie who did an excellent job. For some reason they won't let you take non flash photos. First time I have run into that for our tours of historic colonial and anti bellum homes in a couple of states.

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

Thanks for being our guest! We're glad you enjoyed your visit, and I'll pass your comments along to the staff at the Owens-Thomas House. More 

Hartford, Wisconsin
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2016

Good tour guide, beautiful home and carriage house. We had a girl tour guide and that was a plus because the male was quite rude to people reprimanding any who had a camera in their hand. With that said , you are not allowed pictures in either the house or carriage house. Pictures are only allowed outside! You cannot only... More 

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

Thanks for visiting, and thanks for taking the time offer your review! I'll pass your concerns on to our staff. Due to the volume of visitors we receive each day, and to the historic nature of the Owens-Thomas House, we're not able to allow photography. I hope that wasn't too disappointing for you, and that you were able to enjoy... More 

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