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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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Buy your ticket 1st day in Savannah...see why

This is a Telfair museum 3-part ticket and it is not priced separately. You can visit the 3 locations in a one-week period and it cost just under $20. So to get your value on... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 May 2016
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Trabuco Canyon, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 212 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

This is a Telfair museum 3-part ticket and it is not priced separately. You can visit the 3 locations in a one-week period and it cost just under $20. So to get your value on the ticket, make sure you plan ahead to visit at least 2 of the 3 locations. At this house, you join a guided tour. I... More 

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

I dragged my boyfriend here (he's not a big fan of history) since it was his first trip to Savannah and I had never been to the Owens-Thomas House before. I was really excited because I love history. He wasn't as excited, but came with a good attitude :) During the whole tour all I heard from him was "wow"... More 

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We're so happy to hear that we turned someone into a history lover! Thanks for visiting, and for making your boyfriend come along, too! More 

Scarsdale
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

A wonderful example of early 19th century upper class architecture, affiliated with the Telfair Museums, the excellent guided tours takes you from the slave quarters and below stairs working areas to the splendors of the upstairs dining and living quarters.

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Council Grove, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016 via mobile

Our group all enjoyed the guided tour of the Owens-Thomas House. The house had many modern conveniences for it's time; running water and flush toilets to name two. The tour guide was an interesting lady with a good sense of humor.

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

Sycamore, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

This historic house museum was designed by the English architect William Jay in 1816. The tour of the house was packed full of historical facts about the families who had lived in the house, and the architect. Jay designed something special for each of his homes and this one has a bridge on the second floor. It is truly astounding... More 

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Thanks for the kind words, and we hope you're able to visit again sometime! More 

Western Springs, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

Because they have tours every 15 minutes, the docents move you through the house quickly. I really would have liked more time to look at the rooms and the design or the rooms because they were unique in many ways. Our guide was informative and did a good job but I felt rushed.

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Mobile, Alabama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016

I learned an awful lot about early Savannah history and early plumbing on my tour of this very historic home. Our guide was very interesting and obviously knew not only Savannah history but also 18th and 19th century history in general. The gardens were also outstanding.

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Thanks for the kind words, and please come again! More 

Bonney Lake, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2016

This property had an interesting history as so many old Savannah homes do but it has not been well preserved. Our tour guide was knowledgeable but lacked the enthusiasm needed to bring the home's history alive for us. Despite the condition and guide, the house is part of Savannah's historical growth and worth a visit.

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Oxfordshire England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2016 via mobile

The house had been suggested as an enjoyable visit and we were pleased to have taken the advice. The guide gave us insight to life of an affluent family in the decades prior to The Civil War. A quality family home with a good story to tell. Very accessible snap shot of a fascinating period in American history. Stopped from... More 

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The Woodlands, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2016

This was a positive experience all around. This is one of the few historic homes that includes slave quarters. The tour guide was excellent, well spoken. Be advised, there are quite a lot of steps if you have mobility issues. There are no photos allowed inside. However, all in all, this is a completely satisfactory experience, especially if you have... More 

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Thanks so much for visiting, and we're glad you enjoyed it! More 

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