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Owens-Thomas House

Address: 124 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31401 (Downtown)
Phone Number: 912 233 9743
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Ranked #16 of 107 Attractions in Savannah
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: The Owens-Thomas House is considered by architectural historians to be one of the finest examples...
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

The house is interesting, especially because of some early technology it had (indoor plumbing) as well as having sailcloth on the floors instead of linoleum. Our guide, Sarah, was very well educated in historic architecture and preservation, and she was informative. We enjoyed this tour!

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Ontario
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54 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

There is a 3 for 1 ticket that lets you tour this house plus the Telfair Museum and the Jepson Art Gallery . One of the grandest houses in Savannah.Lots of interesting features- early indoor plumbing/showers etc- trompe d'oeil decorating as revealed by knowledgeable guides.

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New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

You have about a 20 minute speech about the gounds/main house while you sit in the main floor of the slave house. They walk you around the main house and then you can tour the slave house on your own. There is a combination ticket if you are interested AAA discount.

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Seattle, Washington
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56 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

This house is amazing and has many features that were way before it's time. It has a very beautiful decor and is a must see!

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Holywell, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

The tour guide told us the history of the house, and made it interesting. There was opportunity to ask questions, which were answered appropriately.

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Hudson Valley
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

The house, which is still under restoration is beautiful and has some important historic tie-ins between the General Marquis de Lafayette's stay and visiting president James Polk, it's a nice visit on the tour of historical homes. My only qualm is that the steep ticket price of a little over $17, whereas a lot of the historic homes you can... More 

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Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

The tour of the home depicts the life in the early 1800's of a very wealthy Southern Family.This home is absolutel gorgeous. What is amazing is the use of indoor plumbing that they had created at this time. The first in America. A tour of this home enables you to compare the Middle Class Southern life(if you had visited one... More 

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Johnston, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015 via mobile

The Owens-Thomas house tour provided a glimpse into the life style of the period. The tour begins in the slave quarters. The main house had running water. It was the first house in Savannah to have it. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and gave us time to view the house and ask questions. This house can be viewed by itself... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Beautiful restored home with interesting history explained by tour guide. Enjoyed seeing an example of upper class living in the 19th century.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This old house has lots to take in and the guide we had was full of information as to its history and how it played a part in Savannah's culture. From the slave quarters to the unusual second floor, you will marvel at how they lived in those days we just read about now.

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