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“Had to buy 3 Attraction Ticket”
Review of Owens-Thomas House

Owens-Thomas House
Ranked #23 of 233 things to do in Savannah
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

This house is part of a 3 attraction Telfair Pass. I am giving it 4 stars because in our estimation the other two attractions were only worth 3 stars. The house is 5 stars. We are not very interested in Modern Art and one of the museums is just that. Would have appreciated it if we had a choice.

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Reviewed 6 April 2018

Our guide, Raymond, has an advanced degree in History, Economics and Political Science. My friends chose Savannah for it's beauty. I probably wouldn't have traveled here on my own as I had related the city to the tragedy of Slavery. Thanks to Raymond's insights, I now see how much we can learn by facing our nation's mistakes. The combination of History, Political Science and Economics is a telling force that can help us avoid injustice, now and in the future. He is an excellent guide.
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MarciaMueller04

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Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018



Thank you for your comments; we will share them with Raymond. We are glad you not only enjoyed your tour but also learned about the history of the house and all of its inhabitants.

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

Tours run every half hour so if you arrive in between that time, you can browse the gift shop or look around the slave quarters, where the tour will begin. In the Slave Quarters are laminated "scavenger hunt" pictures which can help keep younger kids entertained by having something to look for during the tour.

I'd say the tour lasts about an hour, maybe a touch over (We had to leave at 50 min in for a prior engagement and had a few rooms to go).

Our guide was very knowledgeable and really helped you envision what the house and grounds looked like and what life was like for slaves, women and the men of the household and how those life experiences differed immensely.

The house has a few unique features, one on the second floor - a "bridge" - was very interesting to see. Another was the floor covering in the front hall. It felt and looked like a kind of linoleum but wasn't. I've been to a lot of historic houses and never saw a house with this material.

In April, the gardens were starting to bloom. I bet it looks even better in May and June.

Not only was the house visually appealing and had interesting local history, it also had more "famous" ties, including the story that the Marquis de Lafayette is said to have addressed a crowd of locals in 1825.

Definitely worth visiting.

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Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

Thank you for your comments. We are glad you enjoyed your tour at the Owens-Thomas House.

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Very historic, well-preserved, Noah was a great guide, cute gift shop, and the best house tour around.

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Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

Thank you for visiting, we are glad you enjoyed the tour at the Owens-Thomas House.

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Typical old house museum tour. Interesting, but not exciting. My kids enjoyed it. i thought it was a bit short, but I always feel like I don't see enough of the house. Guide was very nice. Nice gift shop too.

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