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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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  • Average9%
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Hours Today: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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124 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 31401-3732
Downtown
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+1 912-233-9743
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My mother and I were Lucky enough to get to the Owens-Thomas House during a Tauck Tour of Savannah and Charleston last month. We were particularly taken with this house tour because it was so much more than looking at a beautiful old house. Our...More

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

Wow, you are a supermom and a super reviewer! Thank you for your considerate and thoughtful comments. In addition to being able to enjoy the stunning architecture and period rooms, we want visitors to also hear the complete story of everyone who lived in the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don't miss this house: beautiful decor & pretty garden. Included in the one price: admission to the Modern Art Museum (small but interesting collection) including the Bird Girl who is no longer at Bonaventure Cemetery. Also admission to the Telfair Fine Art Museum (also a...More

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

Thank you for your comments. We are glad you enjoyed all three Telfair Museums that are included with the single admission ticket. But, what could we have done better to have earned 5 stars from you? We are always striving to provide a great guest...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent tour of this early 1800s architectural gem with an emphasis on its history and the social and cultural impacts of the enslaved individuals living and working here

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

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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While not a stop on our tour, the house was near our hotel and turned out to be a good place to visit during our free time. Tours were on the hour. Midweek groups tend to be small, allowing for a more leisurely tour. Well...More

Thank Tony D
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This house dates back to the 1800's and shows how the owners lived, but also explains the relationship to the slaves in the household. The preservation is wonderful and the guide (Gia) was pleasant and knowledgeable.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Only passed by here on our trolley tour. Didn't have time to tour inside. Loved going into the old mansions.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful home with so much history. Worth seeing this place. Walking around this mansion takes you back in time.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You need to walk through on a very informative 45 minute guided tour that seeks to provide a balanced presentation of the "upstairs/downstairs" contrasts of life in this 19th century house between the owners and their slaves. The house is remarkably preserved and guides knowledgeable....More

Thank DW123418
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Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your comments. We are glad you enjoyed the tour. But, what could we have done better to have earned 5 stars from you? We are always striving to provide a great guest experience; if you have any insights to share please let...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a great tour! The tour guide (Gia) was knowledgeable and provided fascinating details about the house: construction, architecture, as well as, stories about family life in the wealthiest of Georgia families. What I enjoyed the most were the details about the slaves who were...More

Thank Daniel A. C
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Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks Daniel, we are glad that you enjoyed Gia's tour!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I enjoyed this house tour. The docent was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions. We learned about life of the homeowners and their slaves in a more urban setting. The curved architecture and the emphasis on symmetry was really beautiful. The...More

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papopipo2000
December 18, 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
December 17, 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
May 20, 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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