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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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12:00 pm - 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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This was a very good guide to the history of Savannah and a really interesting house. It was a well structured tour, not too many people and a knowledgeable guide.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 1, 2014
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131 reviews 131 reviews
41 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

This was a very good guide to the history of Savannah and a really interesting house. It was a well structured tour, not too many people and a knowledgeable guide.

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Houston, Texas
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30 reviews 30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

My wife and I took the tour and learned a lot about life in historical Savannah. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable, and the house has been impeccably preserved. I would recommend a visit if you're spending any amount of time in the city.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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63 reviews 63 reviews
23 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

This tour was rather interesting. They had a ton of authentic furnishings throughout the house, and even more interesting (and sad), they still have a slave quarters on the premises with all of the original utensils, bowls, and other items that the slaves on the property actually used. Check it out....

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Savannah, Georgia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

The structure is amazing...and getting to see the water system as it was designed in the house is very unique.

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Warren, Indiana
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173 reviews 173 reviews
76 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014 via mobile

Our trolley tour guide recommended this house as having very unique architecture and ahead of its time. We have toured many historical homes, and were impressed by its architect's genius. Our docent made it informative - we had lots of questions, and she could answer each one. She took her time - in fact the following group caught up with... More 

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New York State
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42 reviews 42 reviews
16 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

Tour was brief and docent somewhat disinterested, but house is great. Fairly pricey for a short tour. Slave quarters were interesting to view. Lots of history on posters.

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Greenville
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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

I was just walking around the historic district and stumbled upon this gem. There is a lot of history associated with the house and the tour guide was very good. There was a small fee(donation) toward the preservation but it was worth it.

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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98 reviews 98 reviews
9 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

We enjoyed this tour as part of our day pass to the Telfair Academy. Our guide was extremely well informed and was open to our questions.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Loved this museum! The house was well before it's time (i.e. running water, coal heat, etc.) and was rich with history, not just about the family and history of the house, but savannah and the country. Loved that Colleen was knowledgable and took so much pride in the house! Also funny!

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Charleston, South Carolina
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76 reviews 76 reviews
32 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

We really liked this house because of the uniqueness of the indoor plumbing system, very rare for its time and the bridge on the second floor. The gold leafed pillars and spindles on the staircase were very detailed and special. Tour guide could have been a bit more excited, but he tried!

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