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Owens-Thomas House

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Address: 124 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 31401-3732
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+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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Get the admission pass that includes this , the Telfair and the Jepson. It's well worth it. This was my favorite house and garden. Also the history was entertaining.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 May 2016
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Bethesda, MD
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303 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2016

Get the admission pass that includes this , the Telfair and the Jepson. It's well worth it. This was my favorite house and garden. Also the history was entertaining.

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

Thanks for visiting, and we'll let our guides know you enjoyed the tour! More 

Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2016

The combination tour ticket for the Owens Thomas house, Telfair and Jepsen museums is among my Savannah musts. Raymond did a wonderful job of providing a detailed history of the house and creating a perspective for that period. Beautiful architecture and details. Tickets are timed, so check in early.

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

We're glad you enjoyed the history and architecture both! And we'll let Raymond know you appreciated his tour! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2016

The Owens-Thomas House is a great house to visit. You get to see the whole house for the most part and get a nice guided tour with personal service. Very cool details and neat things about this house. Highly recommend visiting here.

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Southlake, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2016

Beautiful home and great architecture rate a 5, but tour was somewhat dull and monotone, a 3 at best. No photos allowed, even non-flash, for some reason.

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

We're glad you enjoyed the home, and we'll pass along your other comments to our staff. Thanks for visiting! More 

Great Neck, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2016

On our recent trip to Savannah, my wife and I visited several historic homes, and this was easily the most impressive one. Our guide, Raymond, was exceptional, both knowledgeable and engaging. We highly recommend this historic home tour for anyone visiting Savannah.

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

Thanks for the kind words, and we'll let Raymond know you enjoyed his tour! More 

Medford, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2016

I chose this historic house for special features. The architect was 24 year old that vision ahead of his time. This house was one first house's to have indoor plumbing. On second floor is an bridge joining the rooms in front house to back rooms. There is room on first floor that gives appearance round room but it is square.... More 

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

We love all the architectural flourishes, too! Thanks for visiting! More 

Acton, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2016 via mobile

This is billed at the greatest example of English Regency style in the US, and it didn't disappoint....interiors are much more spare and refined, built in 1810 or so. Great cistern/ indoor plumbing system, sophisticated trim, and a cool bridge staircase. Very unusual, worth the time. Ticket also admits to another local example now the Telfair Academy museum

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

We're glad you enjoyed it! Please come again! More 

Blanchard, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2016

This was my favorite home we toured while in Savannah. It is beautiful and still contains some of the original furniture, dishes, etc. from when the home was first lived in. This place had indoor plumbing forty years before it was in the White House. That gives you some perspective as to how magnificent the home was and still is... More 

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

We're happy you enjoyed! Thanks for visiting! More 

Southern California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2016

We had a great docent. It was an interesting tour of a very interesting house. If you do one house, this is the one. The indoor plumbing facts were worth the money. You do not have to reserve, just show up and enjoy. Your ticket includes the Telfair and Jepson museums. The Jepson had a great showing of early Elvis... More 

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

Thanks for the kind words, and thanks for visiting! More 

Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2016

One of the first mansions in Savannah and it was amazing how they created such luxury with faux finishes. The base boards and some columns were made to look like marble, wood painted to look like mahogany or red cherry, false doors to balance out the rooms and a bridge on the second floor. And it had indoor plumbing....

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

The House is full of such fantastic architectural details! Thanks for visiting! More 

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