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Owens-Thomas House

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Address: 124 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31401
Phone Number: 912 233 9743
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: 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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We purchased the 3 site package that included the Owens-Thomas House plus the Jepson Center for the Arts and the Telfair Academy. I have seen comments from people who thought the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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Southport, North Carolina
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Southport, North Carolina
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76 reviews 76 reviews
14 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

We purchased the 3 site package that included the Owens-Thomas House plus the Jepson Center for the Arts and the Telfair Academy. I have seen comments from people who thought the tickets were over priced. Personally I thought the price was appropriate for admission to 3 sites plus guided tours at 2 of the sites. The Owens-Thomas House is a... More 

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Land O Lakes, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Real old culture, tour was very informational. Enjoyed. Cost was 14.00 per person . Rooms of the house were at least 20 inches thick, that was interesting

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Wake Forest, North Carolina
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69 reviews 69 reviews
39 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

While I appreciated the age, architecture, and history of the house, the house and tour just didn't do it for me. The furnishings were rather sparse, overall. I've been to several historic homes over the years, and for whatever reason, this one just didn't measure up. They make a big point of the cisterns, but you couldn't really see them.... More 

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New Haven, Connecticut
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136 reviews 136 reviews
34 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Savannah has a lot of historic homes, but this one boasts a slave quarter with an authentic "haunt" ceiling, an unusual bridged staircase, and an aura of gentility and history

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Olympia, WA
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82 reviews 82 reviews
25 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

I see from other reviews that visitors were happy with their guides. Our experience was just the opposite. Our guide was boring, snarky, and arrogant. I do not write negative reviews, but this one was earned. When a member of our tour group asked a reasonable question, the guide told her that we were in the back room, as if... More 

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Newport News, Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Always love visiting period homes when I'm on travel, and this one did not disappoint. Agree that if you're only going to visit one home while you're in Savannah, this would be the one to see. Beyond what has already been posted by others, I've not much to add, except this: be prepared to go up and down several flights... More 

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Overland Park, Kansas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Our guide made this tour. It was a beautiful facility and the recent SCAD graduate knew her stuff. I appreciated that she was able to respectfully keep our group centered and answered our questions. Loved this home and this tour.

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Roswell, GA
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44 reviews 44 reviews
10 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Our tour was very informative and interesting! The guide pointed out many architectural aspects of the house as well as unique furnishings and faux painting techniques that we used in the house as well. It's not a long tour but I would definitely recommend it! We also loved the gift shop on the grounds too.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Very beautiful, and if you only have time to do one house tour in Savannah do this one! The architecture alone is beautiful for its time.

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Toronto, Canada
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72 reviews 72 reviews
33 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

The price of your admission gives you a guided tour through the home. From the slave quarters to the family home. The tour guide was informative. It is approximately a 45 minute tour.

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