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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 #18 of 100 Attractions in Savannah
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Cultural
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, Cultural
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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English first
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

Very informative. Beautiful house . Interesting history. The tour guide knowledgable ...worth a trip over. And the 5 bucks (my student rate)

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Salt Lake City UT USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

What a great home to visit! The tour guide, Linda, had a lot of information to share and was very professional and courteous. The architectural details in the home were fascinating and very 'modern' for the time of construction--cisterns to hold water on 3 levels; use of natural light to add interest in some rooms; curved walls and ceiling details... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

For a look at Savannah's history, spend an hour touring the Owens-Thomas House. From the amber glass and curved walls in the dining room to the internal bridge upstairs, this is a beautiful house with a story to tell. Guided tours run frequently. Highly recommended.

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19 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Interesting tour, well-restored house; however I am surprised by the statement on their website that this "...is considered by architectural historians to be one of the finest examples of English Regency architecture in America." Our guide was very good, and I think it is the quality of the guide that will make or break your visit, as it is the... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

This was a fun tour. Part of the 3 for deal with Jepson and Telfair. Lovely home, enjoyed seeing the slave quarters with the 'haint' paint, the gardens and the house. Our guide was very knowledgeable. Scavenger hunt card for kids helped keep our 9 year-old interested. The exposed tabby (lime mixed with shells) walls were cool, and the symmetry... More 

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Vienna
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

A must if you are in Savannah. I was not surprised that the house was rather small, it was a town house. The tour was informative. Our guide was knowledgable. We totally enjoyed the tour and highly recommend it to other travellers.

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Princeton New Jersey
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

A great guide and a very interesting look at an historical landmark We learned many things about the architecture. indoor plumbing etc.

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Gainesville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

On our girls trip we wanted to squeeze in a little history between shopping and bar-hopping and this place was super cool. The garden was beautiful and the house was extraordinary. The museum did a good job keeping the rooms in tact and preserving the original finishes and materials. It was $15 per person and lasted about an hour. Learned... More 

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Minnesota
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Three different tour guides said this house was their favorite, so we chose this one to tour the inside of. The tour guide was enthusiastic and informative. The interior of the house was disappointing. Maybe for its time, it was very grand, but not nearly as grand as other homes from that time period that we have toured. The faux... More 

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Bracebridge
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Well worth a visit. very old. took a tour . guide was very good, explained all the historic aspects of the house and garden

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