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Owens-Thomas House

124 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31401 (Downtown)
912 233 9743
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Ranked #20 of 121 Attractions in Savannah
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Millis, Massachusetts
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62 reviews 62 reviews
20 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Beautiful example of the houses in this area and era. Tour guide was great and the tour was well worth it.

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Texas
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98 reviews 98 reviews
57 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

This home has a wonderful architectural structure. It actually had plumbing before any others. It also has an intact carriage house which housed the slaves back in the 1800's. The history is very interesting.

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Gulf Breeze
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3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

I was disappointed that the slave quarters weren't staged more. The house itself was ok but the best thing was the courtyard.

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Atlanta,GA
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47 reviews 47 reviews
14 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

We visited the Owens-Thomas house for a tour. It was very interesting to hear the history and see the architectural details of the house. We were there on a very hot day and was amazed, when brought into the lower quarters, to see the kitchen, wash room and where the slaves ate, how cool (without air-conditioning) it was. The docent... More

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Freehold, New Jersey
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38 reviews 38 reviews
27 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Admission price a bit steep. Amazing architecture inside the house.. Floating staircase.. Square room made to look round..beautiful garden. Interesting history as well. One of the most beautiful houses I have ever seen It is not a great place for kids.

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Los Angeles, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Cool house with interesting history. Pretty amazing architecture for its time. Worth a visit. Guided tours only.

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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49 reviews 49 reviews
6 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Well worth the price, with some very interesting historic information and a chance to view the inside of upper class Savannah's lifestyle of bygone days.

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Brisbane, Australia
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100 reviews 100 reviews
38 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

what an awesome story of the past years. House has been replicated incredibly. Throughly worth a visit

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Hillsborough, New Jersey
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53 reviews 53 reviews
18 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Very good tour of property and building to see how money was spent in the earlier times. Good for history buffs and those who like to see different designs from different eras.

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Dallas, Georgia
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65 reviews 65 reviews
17 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

The house tour and the history was well presented but they cram 16 people into a very small area and have to keep you moving. More like a 10 dollar tour in worth then a 15 dollar tour....the should cut the tour to 10 and the cost to 12.....we enjoyed it but would not really recommend it.

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