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Owens-Thomas House

124 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 31401-3732
+1 912-233-9743
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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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  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
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“indoor plumbing” (164 reviews)
“slave quarters” (177 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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124 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 31401-3732
Downtown
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Reviewed April 25, 2016

The history of this house was very interesting. Learning about the blue paint on the ceiling was fascinating.

Thank Cindi T
Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this reviewResponded April 26, 2016

Thanks for visiting!

Reviewed April 24, 2016

You feel like you have stepped back in time. The guides are very informative and their knowledge of the family and use of the house makes the tour worthwhile. The bridge in the upper level is amazing architecture and the gardens were lovely. We bought...More

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Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this reviewResponded April 25, 2016

Thanks for visiting, and for the wonderful review of the Owens-Thomas House! We're always excited to hear that a guest had a good experience.

Reviewed April 24, 2016

We really loved this tour! Our guide was amazing. She explained things clearly, was patient, and was extremely knowledgeable about the house and the owners. Touring the home piqued our interest in William Jay, the young and talented architect of the building. Don't miss this...More

Thank LyndaMN
Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this reviewResponded April 25, 2016

Thanks so much for visiting, and we're glad you had a good tour! We think our interpretive staff is the best around! We'll also pass on your comments, and please know that we'll do everything we can to make sure our guests have nothing but...More

Reviewed April 23, 2016 via mobile

The admission price gets you into to other museums in addition to the house. The tour is well-organized and informative. The bridge upstairs in the housr is worth seeing; it is very unique. The gardens are lovely. Tour the Owens-Thomas house.

Thank LaNette H
Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this reviewResponded April 25, 2016

Thanks for the kind review!

Reviewed April 21, 2016

If you only have time for one historic home make this your choice. Start in the slave quarters and have a guided tour through the wonderful home. Very interesting faux finishes and "the round room", The first home but you will see a bridge inside...More

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Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this reviewResponded April 25, 2016

We're pleased to be Savannah's favorite historic home! Thanks so much for visiting!

Reviewed April 21, 2016

This house tour offers a glimpse into the areas where the slaves spent the majority of their time and the upper floors where the owners resided. Interesting tour worth your time.

Thank pqjb2016
Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this reviewResponded April 25, 2016

Thanks for visiting! Our staff interpreters work very hard to include the story of everyone who was part of the household, and try to paint a complete picture of all their lives.

Reviewed April 20, 2016

The house sits on almost a square block and encompasses a central garden area plus slave quarters and stable. Physicians like Dr. Owens did quite well in those days I presume. Plumbing was state of the art for that period. Designed by a young British...More

Thank James C
Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this reviewResponded April 25, 2016

Thanks for visiting, and we're glad you enjoyed the home!

Reviewed April 20, 2016

A must to visit. Our guide was great and took the time to explain all and did it with just the right amount of humour...

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Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this reviewResponded April 21, 2016

Thanks for visiting! We're always thrilled to hear a kind word about our interpreters!

Reviewed April 20, 2016

So much history in this historic home, well worth the $20 combination ticket which includes this tour, the Telfair Museum and the Jepson center.

Thank Tracie S
Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this reviewResponded April 21, 2016

Thanks for visiting, and we're glad you enjoyed it!

Reviewed April 20, 2016

The Owens-Thomas house tour is excellent. The house is basically in it's original condition...even with the slave quarters. It had running water even before the White House.

Thank 230alexander
Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this reviewResponded April 21, 2016
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papopipo2000
December 18, 2016|
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Response from Carol210 | Reviewed this property |
That's the only way you can tour the house is with the tour guide and is part of the admission price. It seem the tours run about every 15-20 min.
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papopipo2000
December 17, 2016|
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Response from Mary T | Property representative |
Hello! Telfair Museums admission includes all three sites, including the Owens-Thomas House. While there is no option to purchase admission for just a single site, please note that kids 12 and under get in free, and students... More
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kmoney4
May 20, 2016|
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Response from KMB1117 | Reviewed this property |
We went to all 3. The Owens-Thomas House was our favorite. We spent the most time there. The Owens-Thomas House has guided tours at set times. The other 2 are self-guided. The Telfair Academy has 19th and 20th century... More
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