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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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Date of experience: March 2018
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Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters, 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.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters, 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.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters, 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.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

We toured this house in March and had to wait a while for our group's turn. They hand out colored cards until they reach a certain number. The tour begins in the carriage house/slave quarters - booklet says the only one open to tour. The fireplaces and ceilings were interesting. The ceiling was slave painted "haint blue" to ward off evil spirits. The house itself has some serious stairs. The furnishings were interesting especially the floor cloths - not carpet, not linoleum. We had never seen anything like it. The flow of the house and how the servants moved around was very interesting. The tour guide did a good job. The garden is lovely.

Date of experience: March 2018
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