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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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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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I have been to Savannah several times and have visited four of the house museums. This is my absolute favorite. On this tour you see things you don't see on the others. If you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

I have been to Savannah several times and have visited four of the house museums. This is my absolute favorite. On this tour you see things you don't see on the others. If you only want to visit one, make this your choice.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

A must see if you like classic architecture. One of the earliest examples of indoor plumbing. Unique curved walled in the dining room. Furniture is from the period. Garden is very well maintained. Buy the package of three museums which include the Telfair Art gallery and museum.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

If you don't tour any other historical home in Savannah, tour this one. It was truly the best tour we encountered. We bought the triple-site pass (Owens-Thomas House, Telfair Academy, Jepson Center) for $20 per person and it was well worth it. We did them all in one day starting relatively early in the morning. But they're close enough together... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Great tour of this home built by a young Architect from Bath, England using Tabby. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable.

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This was the best of the three Telfair museums. We were really disappointed in the other two. Plus the staff was kind of snobby, the only place in Savannah where that happened!

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New London, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Prettiest house on the tour. Ask for Garrett. She made the family and the time they lived so interesting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

This home was strongly recommended by the concierge and it was well worth the tour. She said it represented one of the architectural styles of early Savannah. Indeed it was beautiful, from the mantels to the staircases to the chandeliers. If I had a drawback, the groups that toured were larger with another right on your heels, thereby putting some... More 

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Montclair, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Really amazing the modern things they had in this house before they were even in the White House. Very forward thinking family. We had a great guide. This is a must see house in Savannah.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

This museum is a set of 3 museums you can buy as a package deal. I thought this was a better site than the other two as it had more history and was more interesting. The tour was short in length. No photography was allowed inside. The house has been preserved with as original as possible pieces. It was interesting... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

The history of the home is interesting, however, on our tour we had 2 individuals who seemed to find fault with everything on the tour. Our guide handled it with grace but it was so annoying that others left the tour before it was concluded.

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