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Owens-Thomas House

124 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31401 (Downtown)
912 233 9743
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Ranked #20 of 121 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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Tennessee
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Really enjoyed the history surrounding this house. The tours were offered all through the day and we only had to wait 15 minutes for the next tour. We purchased the 3 location pass, but would have been fine just touring this house. Our guide was knowledgeable but not very enthusiastic. I attribute that to the excessive heat that day.

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Frederick, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Very interesting historic tour of the house and all it artifacts. It should be on anyone's list of place to check out. I would do it again.

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Litchfield, New Hampshire
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

We wanted to tour at least one historic home on our day trip to Savannah and we chose the Owens Thomas house on Savannah Dan's recommendation. We were not disappointed. Beautiful, well maintained English Garden and lovely house. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and informative. The indoor plumbing, cisterns, basement kitchens and slave quarters were very interesting. The only downfall... More

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

By chance we met an elderly Savannahian who recommended the Owens-Thomas house as the prettiest house in city. On his recommendation we toured the house and garden and he was absolutely correct! The history and architecture of the mansion is like none other we've seen. Highly recommended break.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We had a guide which was great as we were a party of only 4. My husband and brother in law are plumbers so were very interested in this house as it was the first house to have proper plumbing. The slaves quarters were also still intact and the guide was very knowledgable.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The tour is nice and the place is well preserved. Our tour guide was knowledgeable. Awesome marble tubs.

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stoughton, ma
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220 reviews 220 reviews
60 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

A must take if you visit Savannah. Admission can extend to 3 other venues for just a couple of bucks more. A lot of knowledge with the tour guide. No pictures inside the house.

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Savannah, Georgia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

My wife and I did most of the touristy things while saving the Owens house for last. The architecture inside the home is amazing both in its elegance and simplicity. No pics allowed inside the home which is understandable. Pictures can't do justice to the kind of beauty you will encounter once you're inside. This is a must-see if you... More

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Haverford, Pennsylvania
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49 reviews 49 reviews
15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

This home is very talked about in Savannah and there are many reasons why- the history behind the architecture, the history itself of the people who lived there, and the beauty itself of the home. Definitely worth the tour and the time spent visiting.

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New York
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4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The textiles (historic and reproductions) are beautiful; interesting furniture as well. The tour is guided, which helps to give more information about the residence. If you have tired feet from much sight-seeing, there is a waiting area where you can sit and rest before your tour begins.

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