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Owens-Thomas House

124 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31401 (Downtown)
912 233 9743
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Ranked #22 of 119 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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English first
New Providence, New Jersey
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This house is filled with unique features. It was built with indoor plumbing 30 years before other homes had this feature. Fascinating how this worked before city water was an option. The architect was British and designed the home without ever visiting America- so it has many features that are unusual to other historic homes: an indoor bridge, the indoor... More

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Huntington, West Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We got there right before the last tour started for the day. The house itself is very well kept and includes a lot of original/past owners furnature. The guide was very knowledgeable and I found the history and architecture to be very interesting. The guide was quick to point out the housing modifications that occured throughtout the years and why... More

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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166 reviews 166 reviews
46 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Good history lesson by docent. Beautiful gardens. house homes the very first plumbing! alot attention to detail. :) very interesting.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

we had a blast, looking back in time and the house is so pretty. Savanah has alot to offer for all ages. even my kids had fun.

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Alamo, Tennessee
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

It was a beautiful house. The guide was very knowledgeable and the gardens were beautiful. It was not what we expected and we were very pleased. We wanted to purchase tickets to tour the house but the lady in the gift shop said she could not break a 100 dollar bill???? Really??? A main tourist attraction on a Saturday??? Poor... More

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Walton, Kentucky
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

This was a very beautiful house. It is so hard to image house this grand built so long ago. You start In the carriage house move to the basement were the cistern was and the kitchen. As you go into the house it is amazing. I love the stairs and the bridge upstairs leading to the children's room. It is... More

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peoria, IL
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Our carriage driver recommended the house and she was right, it is a gem. The house was beautiful and the docent was amazing. Not only was she extremely knowledgable and friendly, but she gave my 5 year old a "scavenger hunt". Each room had several things to find, but only after the description of the room. It was perfect &... More

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Wonderful guided tours, as with most places the tour guides vary their tours. Ours was wonderful and showed us the house beautifully. Boo on the no photos buy our expensive professionally shot post cards instead.

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Chicago, Illinois
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118 reviews 118 reviews
50 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

We took a guided tour of the house and it was amazing to see how the "other half" lived in historic Savannah.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I've seen a few historical homes in my day, but this was not my favorite. It just doesn't have the "wow" factor. The gardens are still quite impressive, and the slave quarters contained a lot of history. The house itself is rather bland. I wasn't impressed with our tour guide - she seemed bored and was actually condescending to those... More

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