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Address: 124 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31401
Phone Number: 912 233 9743
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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

The Owens-Thomas House is considered by architectural historians to be...

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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This tour was part of the 3 museum ticket we purchased. I found the tour to be very interesting and our guide very informative. The slave quarters, the outdoor bath and laundry... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Tampa, Florida

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Tampa, Florida
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This tour was part of the 3 museum ticket we purchased. I found the tour to be very interesting and our guide very informative. The slave quarters, the outdoor bath and laundry room, the beautiful courtyard and the fact that this beautiful home was the first to have plumbing made the tour unique. The tour is a little less than... More 

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Waldwick, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I enjoyed this tour and the history associated with the mansion. Starts in the servants quarters then through the small garden then into the main house. Love the talk about the aritecture and how the the homes of yesterday we're cooled and serviced in the different basement rooms. Well preserved and a big part of Savannah's history. Good stop off... More 

Thank Brian M
Savannah, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is the best bang for your buck if you go to the Jepson Center you can get a three venue ticket for $20.00 or $18.00 for seniors, I can't remember the cost for children and military. The ticket will get you into the Jepsen Center where a Monet and American Impressionist show is now in progress through Jan 24.It... More 

Thank Dave G
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a nice house with an interesting history. A little different, in that you also get to see some slave areas which is unusual for a house tour. We had to wait for a tour which ate up some time, but we were glad that we did. The guise was very good and knowledgeable.

Thank Ricmar60
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Our guide was wonderful! Very interesting, knowledgeable, and helpful. He always asked if anyone had any questions and was willing to go into great detail about the history of the house and its occupants. Excellent tour!

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Lincoln RI
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The tour guide was very informative. Its a house that has had many owners and an interesting past. Its worth a visit.

Thank James T
Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My husband and I really enjoyed this tour. Ray, our guide, was OUTSTANDING! He was one of the most enjoyable souls we encountered on our trip. This one is a must do for any history/achitecture buff. You definitely want to purchase the 3 site combo ticket for $20 so that you can also take in the Telfair and Jepson Museums.

Thank 2014HLB2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

interesting- lovely decorations furnishings elaborate staircase- cisterns that held water particularly amazing to me short walk about 4 blocks from museum

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Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We visited the Owens-Thomas house while on vacation in Savannah ,Georgia. The house itself is beautiful and full of extras that were not common to the time- running water, bathing rooms, flush toilet. The house was full of beautiful firniture and well maintained. The guide, however was condesending and sometimes rude. As an example, I had commented that I was... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We did a lot of tours and this was our favorite. Ray was an awesome tour guide. It was so interesting! Worth the time!

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