Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters

Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters

Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:15 PM
About
Built as a beautiful Regency style mansion in 1819, the Owens-Thomas House, along with its adjacent gardens, carriage house, and slave quarters, allows visitors to explore the complicated relationships between the most and least powerful people in the city of Savannah in the early 19th century. Only a seven-minute walk from Telfair Museums’ other two sites, this historic home offers a completely different experience. Telfair Museums’ Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters has paused all docent led tours indefinitely due to COVID-19. Guests may independently navigate the historic home with an audio tour available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or our website.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • John L
    Fairfield, Connecticut444 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A glimpse of old Savannah
    Owens-Thomas provides a snapshot of early Savannah gentry living. Beautiful gardens and house. We had a very good docent that brought the house to life. The slave quarters are really a large empty space that has been redone. You get an idea of what life was for a slave but not actual living conditions.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 April 2023
  • Red-Barchetta2011
    Suffield, Connecticut753 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very good tour
    There are a lot of historic homes to visit in Savannah but this was in the area we were exploring we decided to check out the Owen Thomas house. we did not pre order so when we got there only tour was one of last one of the day. So we booked and than walked around area and came back when tour time was up. We had a nice Docent and did a nice job, it was a really interesting tour. it is worth to do a least one house visit you get a sense of the history of the area.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 1 May 2023
  • Katie M
    Trenton, New Jersey230 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Comprehensive, Emotional, Valuable tour.
    Please ignore the negative nancy reviews stating that the ticket price was "too much," and "not worth the money." These individuals obviously don't understand the incredible time and cost it takes to preserve physical/architectural/oral history. This tour was our family's favorite out of all the tours in Savannah because it doesn't white-wash the history and the tour guides answer questions (which you can't get from a pre-recorded headset). Anyone who just wants the house tour only and wants to skip the slave quarters is suspect to me because Richardson/Owens/Thomas' lives were only possible here because of the blood, sweat, and tears of the individuals who worked here and kept it standing. If you want a pretty house tour, go buy a home and garden magazine. This is an hour+ tour and it's worth every single penny to see the contrasted lives of those living inside the house versus those who lived next to the stables without any comforts or facilities. This is an emotional, accurate, and comprehensive tour that is well worth the investment of your time, money, and thoughtful consideration. Highly recommended.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 12 May 2023
  • Brenda P
    West Memphis, Arkansas155 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amandaforever34 memories
    This was a great tour that we enjoyed very much. Rebecca was our tour guide and she was excellent. She answered every question and knew so much. One could tell that she was smart and really knew about the history of this house. I would definitely recommend a tour of this beautiful home with lots of history.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 May 2023
  • Rita A
    52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great job providing a balanced tour
    We visited on the weekend of Juneteenth. Our tour guide provided the history of the Owens-Thomas family and the house as well as the stories of the enslaved people in the home. The stark contrast between the lives of the wealthy family and their enslaved subjects was described factually and dispassionately by our tour guide. Interestingly, the group only had questions and comments about the architectural details of the house. I thought our tour guide did a great job!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 June 2023
  • PH G
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't miss it!
    We were the 11:45 group this June 28th. Our tour guide was wonderful and all the employees were extremely gracious. This amazing museum showcases the period and has many original pieces of furniture and art. A must see!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 June 2023
  • Rebecca S
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    House tour is worth your time. Ask for Jordan!
    This tour was a highlight on our wonderful trip to Savannah. Our tour guide, Jordan, was an absolute gem. Her arsenal of information and her kind demeanor had everyone completely engaged. This house tour should be a stop on your vacation.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 July 2023
  • Laura C
    Mansfield, Massachusetts28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    a great tour
    Very good tour - if your only going to tour one house in Savannah, this one is the one to see. We arrived around 2:30 in the afternoon and had to buy tickets for a self guided audio tour. You scan a code and pull the tour up on your cell phone and can walk at your own pace. I think we arrived too late for the guided tour but regardless it was well worth it and very interesting.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 July 2023
  • Anja000_11
    Oslo, Norway4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    interesting guided tour
    Very interesting house. We learned quite a bit. Our guide was very knowledgeable, but a little fast speaking for us foregneirs. We enjoyed the premises outside just a bit, do to extreme heat. The inside was very nicely kept and interpreted to acknowledge this history of the time
    Visited July 2023
    Written 9 July 2023
  • Illinois1
    Illinois City, Illinois251 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Historic Home
    This house and property are beautiful. We had a great tour guide, Kate. Being able to tour the home and slave quarters are every interesting. We were encouraged to peruse the lower level after the tour ended and learn more about the inhabitants and history of this beautiful home.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 August 2023
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Patricia A
27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Guides do a very good job of describing what life was like during the time the Owens Family lived here. They work hard to bring alive the lives of the slaves as well as the enslavers.
Written 17 April 2024
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Dorcas R
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Dook served as the tour guide. During the tour, there was a lady who struggled to ascend the stairs, so she opted to sit at the bottom on a bench. At the conclusion of the tour upstairs, Dook approached her and scolded her in front of everyone, expressing offense that she hadn't taken the stairs. She explained that she hadn't realized she wouldn't be able to manage the steep stairs and didn't want to hold anyone back. Nevertheless, Dook informed her that she was no longer welcome on his tour. His behavior was highly unprofessional and unwarranted. The young lady sat outside, visibly upset and in tears, while her family completed the tour. Witnessing the situation left me too distraught to focus on the tour.
Written 14 April 2024
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Jeanne H
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This was a really interesting tour which gave new insights into the lives of the enslaved. The rooms are all decorated from the period and the slaves quarters are shown. There are some excerpts from family letters on display which give a glimpse of the unfair slavery attitudes of the owners.
Written 13 April 2024
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Dayna B
Hanalei, HI27 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
I expected a historical tour full of good information of this home and the area. We did not receive that. Our tour guide, who seemed bored with the whole presentation, shared very little about the families who had lived there, the town’s history, or the architecture and artifacts and paintings in the home. Instead, the main focus is on the life of the slaves in that home and then not even personal in that. I understand that is a part of the story; however, it felt very unbalanced. Even the literature tried to influence negative feelings and emotion with words and phrases, such as ‘seeming affection’ from the owners and assuming that all children raised with nannies felt a greater sense of power over them. We left feeling greatly disappointed. What a poor history lesson. I do not recommend this home at all. Most of us would appreciate an unbiased and balanced historical presentation.
Written 8 April 2024
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Marilyn M
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This magnificent home was built on the profits of the slave trade, making it bring slavery to new educational experience for my granddaughter. I wanted her to know about the atrocities of that era and the profits made by slavers. What we saw was the better side of slavery but were told about the 8 outlaying plantations that gave profits to this family. So much history in this house and grounds that it shouldn't be missed.
Written 31 March 2024
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Craig
Auchtermuchty, UK36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Our tour guide, Jordan, spoke with an evenly modulated, authoritative voice about the shameful aspects of our human past, giving a moral weight to her considered representation of the considerable weight of African contributions to Savannah’s and southern USA history.
Written 25 March 2024
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Kathy W
3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
If you are woke and suffering from collective white guilt, this is the tour for you. The tour guide never let us forget for one second that every part of this home’s history involved the sin of slavery, and his disdain for the family that owned it spewed forth at every opportunity. The house itself is rather unremarkable when compared to other historical homes, so an hour’s worth of slave shaming is a bit much. The final insult was that we were told to keep all of this lecture in mind when we visited any other historical home in the city. It was appalling. Mercifully, no other tour in Savannah took that approach.
Written 22 March 2024
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Monica T
Tampa, FL2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Grounds & house were beautiful & so much history. Not for smaller children, great experience for teens. Hard to get into so get your tickets early the day you are going or they may sell out.
Written 15 March 2024
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LUGA27
Bellefonte, PA23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Excellent guided tour of this beautiful house with some unique features - second floor bridge, and first house in area with multi-floor indoor plumbing - and the slaves quarters across the courtyard. Gave us a glimpse into the lives of both the wealthy homeowners and the slaves upon whose backs the house was built, run, and maintained. Tour was a good pace with time for questions, informative guide. No dull history here.
Written 6 March 2024
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MichaelP01060
Northampton, MA5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Thought provoking tour and site, the juxtaposition of the rich and the enslaved who made their lifestyle possible. Our tour guide, Keeley, seemed encyclopedic in what she knew about the house and its connected history.
Written 3 March 2024
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