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“A Fun History Lesson”
Review of Owens-Thomas House

Owens-Thomas House
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$35.00*
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History and Architecture Tour of Savannah
Ranked #22 of 227 things to do in Savannah
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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.
Reviewed October 24, 2013

The tour started in the slave quarters and went on through the garden and into the main house. From the basement kitchen and washing rooms to the main floor and bedrooms, the tour guide gave straightforward descriptions of early Savannah life. The home is beautifully furnished with period and original pieces, and it has been restored very nicely. Definitely worth a look-and you can get a bundled ticket at the Telfair Academy.

Thank smasonrn
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

Definitely worth the visit. House remains mostly intact. Staff extremely knowledgable and very friendly. It was amazing to see the bridge stair well and the first indoor plumbing system. The house appears to be extremely well built.

Thank Catherine B
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

This step back in time was well narrated by a live tour guide. A beautiful home filled with original furniture from the original owners. It was in the same family for generations until 1951 when it was donated to the Telfair Museum.

Thank Ronnritt
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

This house is an excellent choice. It was never subdivided, and remains mostly original. It has architectural features unique for the early 19th century. It also contains original furniture, in contrast to other Savannah houses.

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Reviewed October 20, 2013

A little spendy ($15/person), but very interesting. You start out in the carriage house/slave quarters and get a little history of the property. From there you visit the main house itself and learn more. The guide was a little snobby, but the tour was worth going on anyway. There's a gift shop, which is where you pay to get in. We were the first tour of the day, so go early if you can. When we left there was quite a crowd waiting for their tour to begin. The total time taken was about an hour.

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