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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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Beautiful Old Home!

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 May 2016
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Jacksonville, Florida
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216 reviews
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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 

Asheville, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2016

Tour guide was very interesting, house has great story and architecture. Enjoyed learning about the history of Savannah, the family, and the house.

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

We're always pleased when our guests enjoy both the House's history and its architecture. Please come again! More 

Naples, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2016

The Owens-Thomas House is a excellent example of period houses in Savannah. The Telfair organization does a great job of running these museums. The house desinged by English Architect William Jay in his early 20's is remarkable not only in its English Regency style but also in innovations like indoor plumbing. The home reflected the prosperity and sometimes financial failure... More 

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Thanks for coming, and we're glad you enjoyed it! More 

MA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2016

This was the Savannah house tour that came most highly recommended to us and we were not disappointed. Our tour guide, Garrett, was very good--friendly and very knowledgeable. We enjoyed learning the history of the house and seeing the slave quarters and beautiful rooms, including a great feature on the second floor. Highly recommended!

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

Thanks for visiting, and we'll let Garrett know she has a fan! More 

kansas city
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016

This is the one paid tour we chose while visiting. Ashley was a tremendous tour guide, and was extremely knowledgeable.

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

Thanks for visiting, and we're always happy to know that visitor appreciate our guides! More 

Gahanna
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016

We had a wonderful informative guide that told us about this historical home that was the first one that had indoor plumbing in Savannah. The home was beautiful, filled with antiques of the 1800's. This large ornate home showed how the upper class of Savannah lived. The architecture of the home was amazing and the woodwork was beautiful. The families... More 

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

We're thrilled that we were able to share Savannah's history with you! More 

Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2016

The 45 minute tour was a really great lesson in Savannah history and typically I'm not interested in history. The house is fascinating and the tour guide was excellent - very knowledgable. Really a great tourist sight.

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

We're so happy that we were able to win you over with our tour! Thanks for visiting! More 

Ipswich, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2016

From other reviews we were expecting great things but we have visited several other houses in Savannah and they were all more interesting than this one. There are a lot of interesting architectural facts about this house, notably the way water was stored and the bridge upstairs. However, in my opinion, the house suffers from being owned by the museum.... More 

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

We appreciate your comments, and we'll pass your feedback on to our staff and managers. Thanks for your visit! More 

Manchester, MA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2016

If you only have time or aren't big on historic house tours this is the one for you! A most unique house, gardens, and out buildings. Many unusual features within the house not sen elsewhere in homes of the same period. Our tour was well worth the admission fee.

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We're glad you enjoyed your visit! Please come again! More 

Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2016

Lafayette not only slept here, he spoke to the assembled townfolk from the home's cast iron balcony. The tours are most interesting, with the architecture of the house the main attraction, although the interior is furnished with very nice period pieces. Definitely worth a visit.

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

Thanks for visiting, and we're glad you were able to enjoy both the history and the architecture of the home! More 

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