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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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12:00 - 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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Museum Mansion Tour

We had a wonderful guide who knew her history inside and out. There wasn't a question we asked that she didn't know the answer to, and then some! It was interesting to hear the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Ottawa, Canada
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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had a wonderful guide who knew her history inside and out. There wasn't a question we asked that she didn't know the answer to, and then some! It was interesting to hear the story of those times, and how people lived, and the reasons why some things were just the way they were. The price of the tour was... More 

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Nice 50 minute tour of a house on the square...3 levels (stairs only) to view living as it was back in the 1890s. Good guide and knowledgeable about facts. We were tired from our Food walking tour...but glad we did this house.

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Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was a great place to see and our guide was awesome! Lots of info and definitely a must see while in Savannah!

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

Thanks Kelly, we are glad you enjoyed your tour at the Owens-Thomas House. More 

Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We toured this amazing house today. Our tour guide was Drew and he was smart and knowledgeable about the history, architecture and design. We were the only two on the tour which allowed us to ask plenty of questions and Drew to tailor his tour to what we were most interested in. This is a great deal at $20 for... More 

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

Thanks and we will let Drew know that you enjoyed his tour. We are glad that you were able to visit all 3 Telfair sites with your one admission ticket. We think it's a great deal too! More 

Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We toured the Owen-Thomas House which was included in the admission to the Telfair Academy, and the Jason Center. We enjoyed the tour given by Michelle. She was very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions, never making us feel rushed. It's worth the price of admission to all three!

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

Thank you for your comments. We are glad that you enjoyed Michelle's tour and were able to visit all 3 Telfair Museums with your one admission ticket. More 

Pensacola, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the first Savanah house to have inside "flush " toilets. Our guide was an historian and was well versed on the intricacies of the house.

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We are glad you enjoyed your tour of the Owens-Thomas House. More 

Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting home and witty tour guide. Enjoyed every minute of this guided tour through the mansion. If you have time, make sure to purchase the 3 sites for $20 - pretty great deal, which includes access to Telfair's other two properties (Museum and Gallery.)

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

We are glad that our interpreter at the Owens-Thomas House made the tour enjoyable for you. And we agree that the 3-site ticket (also good for admission to Jepson Center and Telfair Academy) is a great value! More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you visit once historic home in Savannah, this is the one you should choose. We arrived shortly after the 10 am opening and we were the only people on the tour. Our guide was pleasant and knowledgeable. However, the obvious attraction is the home itself. We were able to explore every room of the house while learning about it's... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is part of the Telfair @$20 pass. We visited this the day after we went to the two museums. We took a tour which started in what was once the slave quarters and moved into the formal gardens and down the staircase to the kitchen and bathing area. We saw where the ice was kept and perhaps the children... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The tour starts in the old carriage house and living quarters of the slaves. It's a two-story building with the hay loft above the carriages and the other half was where the slaves congregated after work and slept upstairs. Outside the formal garden was created more recently. You can still see where the original cistern was. You enter the main... More 

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