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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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Hours:
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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Very nice house and tour

We toured this house on our recent trip to Savannah. The house was very nice and provided a historic view of houses in the early 1800's. Architecture was impressive.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Birmingham, Alabama
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Birmingham, Alabama
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36 reviews 36 reviews
22 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

We toured this house on our recent trip to Savannah. The house was very nice and provided a historic view of houses in the early 1800's. Architecture was impressive.

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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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44 reviews 44 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

The tour of the home and the guide was very good. The furnishings were lovely from the period and the artwork and lighting were beautiful. The early water closet and water system was fascinating also. It is not for anyone with a handicap as there are many steps on three level, for the able bodied it is quite enjoyable.

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Calgary
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106 reviews 106 reviews
4 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

The tour starts in the well preserved out buildings to give you a sense of where the enslaved labour stayed. Highlight of the house would be the indoor plumbing as well as the architectural features that were incorporated into the design.

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Boulder, Colorado
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Interesting house and history but felt hurried out. Maybe due to the end of the day or scheduling. The slave quarters are there. The guides are knowledgable.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Our Guide Ray was fantastic! Incredible piece of architecture with an equally paired guide, made my tour very memorable. "We'll pay our debt Lafayette "

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Montgomery, Alabama
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177 reviews 177 reviews
72 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

This house museum has left certain architectural features, and even some of the plumbing, exposed so that you can see how it was constructed and how it operated. Our guide was informative with a dry sense of humor, and she readily entertained questions. Any trip to Savannah should include at least one house museum, and this is an excellent choice... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Of all the homes and historical sites in Savannah this one was the best! The guide kept your interest with fascinating stories of the home's former occupants.

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Kirklin
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Exterior in poor shape, but interior very nice. Includes slave house tour. Unique feature was multiple cisterns at various levels of home. Furnishings beautiful. Tot includes basement, first and second floors. One of the pricier home tours at $17/ person.

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Eagle River, Alaska
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

There is so much history in this house! From the first shower/toilet in the country with running water to the site of a famous speech by Lafayette, this house has seen it all. The staff is incredibly knowledgeable about the home and its role in Savannah's history.

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Los Gatos, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Beautiful and unusual features of this historic home make it a real pleasure to visit. The docents are wonderfully well informed and offer many interesting facts about the families who have owned this beautiful home.

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