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“Lovely last stop before home.” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Owens-Thomas House

Owens-Thomas House
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$53.00*
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Savannah Trolley and Historic Walking Tour Combo
Ranked #16 of 210 things to do in Savannah
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Lake Forest, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Lovely last stop before home.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2013

Beautifully kept grounds, structures. Tour guide seemed a little green and timid in answering any questions and unsure if he was giving us the right information. But still appreciative to have been able to travel into the past, even if just for a little while....

Visited October 2013
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Buffalo, New york
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“Interesting Place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2013

I dont know if the 45 min tour was worth $15.00 but to see slave quarters and what it was like to be filthy rich back in the day may have is pretty darn interesting

Visited November 2013
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Etowah, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Historic and modern at the same time....”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2013

This is one of many historic homes in Savannah, but its classic design and modern-for-its-day features makes it an enjoyable place to visit. It was built in the early 1800s, but has many features like running water and indoor plumbing that were novel for that period. It has a classic style and is furnished with period accessories. The tour moves quickly and the guides are reasonably well informed. It is in the heart of the historic district on the edge of one of the beautiful squares. Nice place to visit.

Visited October 2013
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“The "must-see" house tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2013

Visited 3 different houses. This is the most unique because it was the 1st with some indoor plumbing. If you only have time to visit one, I would recommend this one. It's pricey compared to the other house tours, but if you buy the 'package' with the Telfair museums it is quite reasonable.

Visited October 2013
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“A Window on Another Time”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2013

There are several of these homes and we visited a number. I think that each one of them is unique enough that a truly good perspective on past times demands different looks. The innovations in this home (indoors plumbing, cisterns for on-demand running water, inside kitchen, etc.) are truly unique (I was born in a Civil War era home with kitchen out back, pump for well water and a trek to the outhouse when needed, so these innovations in the 1700's tell home with me). I wouldn't miss this one if I were planning all over again. The architecture and the speech that was made there by the Marquis d' Lafayette are Savannah-must items.

You cannot take photos inside the house...only the outside and the garden. Attached is a little bit of "funny" but does prove they have restrooms available.

Visited October 2013
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