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Owens-Thomas House

124 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 31401-3732
+1 912-233-9743
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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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“slave quarters” (193 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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124 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 31401-3732
Downtown
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Reviewed yesterday

Great house to tour as it represents Savannah and the lives of those who lived there in the late 1700's into the 1800's and beyond. The tour guide is knowledgeable and gives a lot of great information pertaining to the architecture, the time period and...More

Thank Tara T
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This was an educational and eye opening tour. You will have a chance to see slave quarters that are still standing, as well as the main house. Our tour guide was amazing and engaging and allowed us freedom to ask any questions we wanted. Although...More

Thank Courtney P
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The entrance fee for the House allowed for entrance into the other two parts of the Telfair Museum group. It also paid for an hour long tour of the property. The docent that lead our tour was friendly and provided a good historical perspective of...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful architecture, but none of the furnishings are from there or can be guaranteed from there. You get an accurate story of who designed the house and it was the first by 30 years to have plumbing in Savannah. Also what each room was for,...More

Thank trippinalil
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. The tour was interesting. We visited the slave quarters first then went to the main house.

Thank bmbcochran
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed our tour of this house. It's beautiful, and the ticket includes admission to 2 other museums, the Jepson and Telfair Academy, which I didn't take advantage of due to time constraints.

Thank bhampat
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The history of Savannah is lovely represented in this house. It was also where Marquis de Lafayette visited and stayed. Garden is beautifully maintained. Tour does require walking up stairs but you can take your time. There is a current archelogical project going on in...More

Thank Kanisue
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This historic home is one of the few that also still has the original slave house on the property. It is important to see both sides of the story. Excellent guided tour and one of three you can do on the Telfair Museums pass.

Thank Karen W
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A grand home with many interesting features but the tour wasn’t all that great thanks to Garret out guide. We had 15 minutes before the tour but she was insistent that we go to the starting point of the tour and remain there. OK. She...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our guide was very knowledgable about the period history and the home and family who lived there. Worth the investment plus your ticket is also good for the Telfair Museum of Art.More

Thank MommaWolvie
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Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your comment & we are glad you enjoyed your tour of the Owens-Thomas House. Our tickets are actually good for all 3 of our museums- the Owens-Thomas House, Telfair Academy and the Jepson Center-which all provide 3 distinct, authentic Savannah experiences for...More

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papopipo2000
19 December 2016|
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Response from Carol210 | Reviewed this property |
That's the only way you can tour the house is with the tour guide and is part of the admission price. It seem the tours run about every 15-20 min.
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papopipo2000
18 December 2016|
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Response from Mary T | Property representative |
Hello! Telfair Museums admission includes all three sites, including the Owens-Thomas House. While there is no option to purchase admission for just a single site, please note that kids 12 and under get in free, and students... More
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kmoney4
20 May 2016|
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Response from KMB1117 | Reviewed this property |
We went to all 3. The Owens-Thomas House was our favorite. We spent the most time there. The Owens-Thomas House has guided tours at set times. The other 2 are self-guided. The Telfair Academy has 19th and 20th century... More
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