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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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Full house tour

We enjoyed this tour and we felt like we saw the full house including the basement and carriage house. Our guide, Michelle, was informative and presented with a gentle ease. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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English first
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45 reviews 45 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed this tour and we felt like we saw the full house including the basement and carriage house. Our guide, Michelle, was informative and presented with a gentle ease. The garden was pretty.

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Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

We took the tour based on a recommendation from a tour bus operator. I was very disappointed in the lack of information or enthusiasm from our tour leader. I would have preferred a self-guided with opportunity to learn something. Not engaging or worth my money.

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Mansfield, Pennsylvania
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Upon the recommendation of a tour guide, I visited the Owens-Thomas Mansion and while it was pleasant, I truly could not wait for the tour to be over. I am unsure if it was the so-so presentation by the tour leader or some of the people on the tour, but I found the event to be tedious. Larry

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

We had a wonderful tour guide! The home is very well preserved. The basement of the house still has the cistern that was used for bathing. Rooms are beautiful.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

A tour for 2 people is about $34, which isn't the end of the world and you are supporting the museum, but it's a pretty quick tour. Having said that, there are some pretty cool architectural feats in that house - cisterns for each floor (unheard of at the time), bridge connecting upstair areas, etc. A lot of the house... More 

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London, England
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30 reviews 30 reviews
3 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I was not blown away. To us we were much more impressed walking around and seeing all the other houses in the historic district from outside. This tour was well executed - no criticism of the tour guide - but not that impressed with the house itself.

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Though not as impressive as Green-Meldrim, a very worthwhile house to visit. The wooden bridge on the 2nd floor is amazing, a feature I've never seen before. The house has old world charm, a sense of character of the old south still prevails. Start in the slave quarters and imagine what life was like before you go into the house.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Michelle was out tour guide - she is studying Art History. Her love of history showed in her enthusiasm and knowledge. She obviously loves the house, and is well versed in the people who lived there and those who visited. The house itself has been very well maintained, and is full of period piece furniture and paintings. This was the... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Our tour guide was a bit lackluster, however the house stands for itself and was well worth the tour.

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Owens-Thomas House was the one house recommended for us to tour. We had been told about its unique layout and features. We were not disappointed! We loved hunting for false doors, faux finishes, and seeing the first house to utilize a cistern to provide water throughout the house. Our one negative comment was that our guide, while knowledgeable about most... More 

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