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Owens-Thomas House

124 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31401 (Downtown)
912 233 9743
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Ranked #20 of 110 attractions in Savannah
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: The Owens-Thomas House is considered by architectural historians to be one of the finest examples of English Regency architecture in America. Inspired... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Atlanta, Georgia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I'm conflicted with this house. The first time I took a tour, 10 years ago, I loved it! This time I thought it was o.k.. The architecture is certainly unique, and the history of some of the people who had been in the home is notable. The tour guide definitely knew his stuff - but if felt like he was... More

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Hope Valley, Rhode Island
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

So many places oysters chicken fingers gelato need a few days here to cover it all. The best is walking around the streets with alcohol is encouraged as long as you are using a cup and not disturbing the peace!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The house is an outstanding example of American Regency architecture. The tour guide, from the Telfair Museum, of which the house is a part, though humorless, was erudite. He could answer every question about furnishings and systems.

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Chicago, Illinois
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

We only did one house tour in Savannah and thoroughly enjoyed the Owens-Thomas House. Our guide was very patient answering many questions. It was interesting to also hear the history of the owners. It had some unique features like the bridge. I loved the garden, too. I can't compare it to outer house tours in Savannah, but you won't be... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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14 reviews 14 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

This home is fascinating based on what was incorporated into the home at the time it was built. Has some truly fascinating features such as indoor plumbing and detailed symmetry.

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Racine
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

This house is part of the Telfair Museum and has top quality tour guides. The house is impressive with its rich history and restoration to different periods and owners. Don't miss this one.

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New York City, New York
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109 reviews 109 reviews
60 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

I don't think you make the most out of your visit of this house because of the way you are rushed trhough by the guides. The delivery of the explanations felt incredibly scripted and mostly intent on keeping people moving. For instance I barely had a chance to look at the books in the library or understand why the Marquis... More

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Toronto, Canada
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103 reviews 103 reviews
44 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

This was an interesting site to tour for a sense of American history. The tour guides seem very knowledgable albeit a tad wooden and perhaps too script driven. However, the information she imparted was interesting and helpful. All in all it's worth the time to see some early American history through the civil war. It was about a forty minute... More

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Nevada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014 via mobile

We were told this was the best historic house to tour while in savannah. Our tour guide is Colleen. If you get her as your guide wait for the next tour. She was terrible, talked as if reading a script, and in fast forward speed. It didn't help the guides said to each other,to make sure and get ever one... More

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Jasper, Alabama
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Loved this house tour. We also bought the ticket that included 2 other places, but they were art museums. If you like that kind of thing its great but I dont care for paintings. The house tour was great!!!

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