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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” (181 reviews)
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Hours Today: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
124 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 31401-3732
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Reviewed 5 days ago

A marvel of architecture design especially for its time. The tour guide provided insight not only to the building, but to the people who occupied it and the culture of the time. Fascinating!

Thank TGA2014
Reviewed 6 days ago

The guide was very knowledgable, the grounds were gorgeous, and the history of the property was breathtaking.

Thank Sharon M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed our tour here very much! Daniel, our guide was VERY knowledgable and handled questions and comments very well. There was a surprise in this house, for that century, and my husband loved it! Don't miss!

Thank LisaandMike D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My girlfriends and I loved this tour- we went to the Juliette-Lowe house previously, and unless you are interested in the girls scouts, this tour was way more worth the time and money. It had just the right amount of history, architectural interest, time-period renovation...More

Thank nfullmer
Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for your comments. We are glad you enjoyed your tour of the Owens-Thomas House and hope you were also able to visit the Telfair Academy and Jepson Center, both of which are included with your admission ticket.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I loved the Owns - Thomas House. It is definitely worth the admission price for the tour. It's the first house in the US with running water- even before the white house. The tour guides are very engaging and the house if restored to it's...More

Thank carrmug
Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are glad that you enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took the tour to see the house and learn about the artifacts that had been preserved there as advertised in the brochure. We were disappointed. The tour is actually little more than a lecture on the evils of slavery. The tour guide, a young...More

Thank Marla E
Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are sorry that you didn't enjoy your tour. The Owens-Thomas House takes visitors on a tour of a prominent Southern home with one of the oldest intact slave quarters in existence in the South, as described in the brochure. In addition to the architecture...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Owens -Thomas House along with Telfair Academy In July . O T house whilst being preserved and unique in its own way was worth seeing .Sadly the tour we had was dull and not engaging at all. Looking at other reviews for this...More

Thank alan s
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to tour owens thomas house upon entering house we where told tgis tour is about the enslaved . Guide kept asking us i wonder how The slaves felt and kept trying to shame us for being white the whole tour focused on that...More

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

In addition to the architecture and decorative arts, the story at the Owens-Thomas House also focuses on helping visitors understand how complicated the relationships between free and enslaved people were in the early 19th century so that they come away with a fuller understanding of...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a must see house when in Savannah. It has lovely designs and gives you a peak into the lives of the wealthy people in the era and their history.

Thank 624judyc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stunning house with a fine eye for detail in a builder that was 21 years old building his first house. Amazing. Docent was knowledgeable and answered any questions we had and truly enjoyed her job. She was wonderful as was the house and garden.

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

We are glad you enjoyed your tour! Our interpreters at the Owens-Thomas House do enjoy engaging with our visitors.

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19 December 2016|
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.
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
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