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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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So honestly, I mostly went here because it was covered with my admission to the Jepson Art Museum. My family (hubby and three kids age 7 to 12) were barely humoring me. Then, we... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 April 2016
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2016

So honestly, I mostly went here because it was covered with my admission to the Jepson Art Museum. My family (hubby and three kids age 7 to 12) were barely humoring me. Then, we all really enjoyed it. The house is pristine with careful historically accurate details. The tour is informative without being too much. Of particular interest were the... More 

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

We're always glad to be a pleasant surprise! Thanks for visiting our sites! More 

Morristown, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2016

LOTS of history and authentic pieces in this museum house. Designed by English architect, William Jay, it is a fine early 19th century example of wealth, engineering and beauty. No interior photography is permitted due to copyrights, so I can only share exterior views. You start the tour in the slave quarters with your guide. The tour is about an... More 

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

Thanks for visiting, and for the great write-up of the Owens-Thomas House! More 

Sharpsburg, GA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2016

We enjoyed the tour of the Owens-Thomas House given by Jacqui. She was quite knowledgable, not just about her information that was supposed to give us, but she was also able to answer our group's spur of the moment questions. The purchase of the tickets also give the ticket holder entrance to the Telfair Academy and the Jepson Center. We... More 

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

Thanks so much for visiting! We're really proud of our historical interpreters, and how much information they're able to share with guests. If you're still in town, your pass to Telfair Academy is valid for seven days from the date of purchase. More 

Providence, Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2016

This house had several innovations (like indoor plumbing), faux finishes, a bridge and more. The tour gives you a good lesson in history of the time and it is quite interesting.

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

We're glad you enjoyed your visit! Please come again! More 

North Andover, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2016 via mobile

Learned a lot of history from a knowledgeable guide, though he too talked fast. Funny how that is so noticeable in this slow down culture. Lots of hid end gems of trivia shared as we absorbed the old southern way of life Took about 45 Munster and we get two other stops as well.

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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! We'll pass along your comments to our interpreters, and we'll try to take our time on your next visit. More 

Savannah, Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2016 via mobile

The house was beautiful and our guide, Chris, was wonderful. She knew so much and was very friendly. I reccommend this house to everyone.

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

Thanks for the kind words! More 

Tyler
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2016

decided to tour this home as it was well rated on other reviews. I was not disappointed. Beautiful home, beautiful furniture, knowledgeable guides. A good choice.

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

Thanks for visiting! More 

Crest Hill, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016

We loved visiting this house. The history and the stories that the tour guide told made you feel like apart of the family.

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

Thanks for visiting, and we always hope our guests feel like part of the family! More 

New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016

This house was designed by a young English architect of extraordinary skill and imagination. Your admission price includes admission to two additional museums, including the outstanding Telfair Academy.

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

Thanks for visiting, and we're glad you were able to enjoy all three sites! More 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016

Although they make you pay $20 each, we enjoyed this tour. That $20 will also get you into two art museums on the one ticket but you cannot pay just for the house tour. This tour starts in the former slave quarters and moves into the home so you get a little bit of what life was like for everyone.

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

Thanks for visiting! And we're very proud to include the story of the enslaved people who lived and worked at the house. More 

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