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Owens-Thomas House

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Address: 124 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 31401-3732
Phone Number: 19127908889
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12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Mon 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Interesting house to tour

We enjoyed touring the house, the tour guide was great; very knowledgable and open to tailoring the tour to meets the wants of the group. Indeterminate glimpse of life in early... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Portland, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We enjoyed touring the house, the tour guide was great; very knowledgable and open to tailoring the tour to meets the wants of the group. Indeterminate glimpse of life in early Savannah and how we piece together events from the time. I did feel this tour was expensive; at $20 each it is one of the most expensive houses to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

As we entered the gift shop we were greeted and I purchase tickets for myself $20.00 per adult and $18.00 for a senior ticket. The tour is 45 minutes and our tour guide was a history buff. She was energetic and I could see her passion for history. She explained the artifacts in detail and had a sense of humor.... More 

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Augusta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My husband and I really liked the tour, our guide was well informed and kind a character! The house itself is so interesting, so much history involved with the different families that has resided there. The city did a good job preserving this historical location.

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Burke, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I visited this house on an escorted your with 2 others. The guide was excellent. The house itself is most interesting and beautiful.

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Naples, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place to stop on the trolley. Great example of how interesting and historical this city is. The in first home with in door plumbing. Jennifer, our guide, was superb.

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Thank Vaq28
Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting! We'll let Jennifer know you enjoyed it. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our guide Drew was amazing! He really tied all the different histories together, and was very knowledgable. He was able to answer all of our questions about design, lifestyle, art, architecture, folklore, everything! If it wasn't for Drew, I would have given the house a 3, based solely on the preservation and curatorial elements. My partner and I went there... More 

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Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this review

We'll let you Drew know you enjoyed it! And the slave quarters is usually part of the tour, but is temporarily closed while we repair the air conditioning unit. We're sorry we couldn't include it during your visit. More 

Raleigh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Really nice historical house with guided tour. My wife and daughter loved the house and enjoyed taking pictures were possible.

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Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting! More 

Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed touring the mansion and getting a little local history lesson as well. The price of admission included tours of the Telfair mansion and entrance to the Jepson museum as well.

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Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this review

Thanks for being our guest! More 

Austin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There were some amazing things about this house and I kept thinking how much my son in law, an architect and builder, would have loved seeing it-the bridge in the upstairs and the astounding plumbing!

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Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this review

We're glad you enjoyed it! More 

Havre de Grace, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Understandably house tours can be dry, bu the Owens - Thomas House has enough interest for even the history "haters". First off, it is impressive to see what the one percenters of the early 1800's could produce. The house was built by a young, English architect named Jay for Mr. Richard Richardson. Jay was a relative on the wife's side,... More 

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Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the thoughtful comments! More 

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