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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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One of many houses to visit in Savannah, we were recommended this one as the one to visit. A fascinating tour of the property led by a knowledgable guide giving a great insight as... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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LOmndon
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

One of many houses to visit in Savannah, we were recommended this one as the one to visit. A fascinating tour of the property led by a knowledgable guide giving a great insight as to how the "better off" lived and also the conditions of service of the servants/slaves. Well worth a visit.

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Odessa, Ukraine
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61 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

This is surely one of the most known houses in town. And for a good reason: it has a lot inside to be seen. The tour was quite informative too.

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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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103 reviews 103 reviews
55 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

This was the third museum included with the Telfair Museum's Triple Site Pass, or $15.00 per person, it was free with our NARMP card, This was the best of the three, and we were very glad we didn't skip after our disappointing visits to the Telfair and Jepson Center. We arrived early enough to explore the upper level of the... More 

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Boston
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48 reviews 48 reviews
8 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

I was underwhelmed by this tour. The tour guide was informative but did not seem very enthusiastic to be there. The rooms are small and the tour group was often squished into one area. I would skip this and go to the Juliette Gordon Law Birthplace instead.

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Monticello, Florida
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

I recently visited Charleston and had the opportunity to tour a few houses there, and adding this to the list of the same era was so amazing- this house had running water and indoor plumbing before the White House, and the architecture is simply amazing. The slave quarters has great history, there are all period correct restorations, and just so... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

We had only a short time in Savannah and after having a trolley tour yesterday we decided this was the museum we wanted to see. It did not disappoint. The architecture was amazing and the tour guide was informative. It was amazing to see a house built at that time with indoor plumbing and to see the opulence of the... More 

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Brandon, Florida
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

”Don’t miss the Telfair Museum!” would be my answer if I were asked for one destination in Savannah. The buildings and their history are fascinating. The Owens-Thomas House and the Telfair Academy are historic sites and the Jepson is an amazing contemporary building. The Owens-Thomas gives you a glimpse into the life of 17th and 18th century life, and the... More 

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Rochester, Minnesota
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54 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

We took Jonathan's Architectural tour and he suggested the Owens-Thomas House would be one of the best to experience. Especially if there was time to only see one of two. Super interesting house unlike the rest. Slaves quarters also very interesting. It's a yes, worth the time.

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Greensburg, Kansas, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

I loved all the different styles of architecture in this house. The day before I went on the tour, I had taken a walking architectural tour with Jonathon, so my enjoyment of the various styles was enhanced because of his insightful information.

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Wheaton, Illinois
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Our guide on this tour was named Bill and he was excellent. He explained everything about the house including the cistern system which provided running water and flush toilets in the early 1800's. This is a must see if you are into early colonial and pre-civil war history. Since we were there in Februray, we were the only people on... More 

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