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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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Mon 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Wonderful tour offers insight on slavery

When I told our architectural tour guide, Jonathan Stalcup, that we had time to tour only one historic house, he enthusiastically recommended the Owens-Thomas house. Our tour of... read more

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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

When I told our architectural tour guide, Jonathan Stalcup, that we had time to tour only one historic house, he enthusiastically recommended the Owens-Thomas house. Our tour of this wonderful mansion was led by Ashley, whose detailed knowledge and articulate presentation really brought the house to life for us. When makes this house so special is that the preserved or... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The house is the first to have indoor plumbing - even before the White House. You'll get a taste of how the rich lived back then. Our guide, Conway, was excellent and explain the reasons for each detail in the house. The brass in the hand rails to reflect the light from the candle to guide your steps, the extra... More 

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Canton, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

a ticket purchased for this tour also gets you admission to Telfair Museum and the art gallery; we walked to all three easily; in talking to others in the group we joined they said that this house tour was the best of the ones they had taken; we have been on many house tours in our travels and this one... More 

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Isle of Palms, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Touring the Owens-Thomas House is so enjoyable. If you are into old, historic homes, this is a must.

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Towson, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The tour was very informative and our guide was very well informed and provided the history in a lively and interesting fashion.

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Rhinebeck, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A great tour of a very interesting house. A great example of Federal style architecture. Begin in the former slave quarters and toured whole house. Interesting cistern system with early plumbing.

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Concord, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The tour was very interesting. Our tour guide was new, animated, and truly knowledgeable about the property.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been in many colonial homes, but this one stands out from the rest. For instance, this home had bathrooms thirty years before the White House! Unusual mouldings and architectural details throughout. The tour was excellent.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The house tour is part of the Telfair Museum 3 part pass and is more than worth the entry fee for all 3 venues. The house portrays its antebellum history but it steps out of that league in architecture and structural elements. Our guide was knowledgeable and energetic. Well worth the time.

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Wales
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were advised to visit this home as it is being maintained and kept using as many authentic details as possible. Our guide was full of stories and more than happy to answer questions.

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