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“A House to See!”
Review of Owens-Thomas House

Owens-Thomas House
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Savannah Trolley and Historic Walking Tour Combo
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History and Architecture of Savannah
Ranked #12 of 218 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.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“A House to See!”
Reviewed February 27, 2014 via mobile

During our stay in Savannah, we did the trolley tour and walked the city. One of the favorite spots was the Owen- Thomas house located in Oglethorpe Square. The docent, Linda Ellis was superb, thoroughly prepared and professional. She knew every detail of the family, house and dignitaries who visited over the years. We found the house a beautiful example of Georgia's style and architecture.

Visited February 2014
1 Thank Deborah C
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Savannah, Georgia
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“If you want to visit 1820 this is the ticket.”
Reviewed February 26, 2014

Outstanding. It has so many beautiful historic pieces in this house it is hard to take it all in. It is like stepping back in time. It needs to be seen ...

Visited February 2014
2 Thank Melynda L
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Savannah, Georgia
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71 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Nice but not grand”
Reviewed February 26, 2014

This is a very beautiful structure and the history is indeed interesting. I thought it was a bit pricey for a short tour. The guide was friendly and knowledgeable, but I felt we were being rushed, perhaps due to another group overlapping. I don't think the interior was decorated as nice as some of the other homes we've toured, and the lighting was poor.

Visited February 2014
2 Thank F J
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Durham, Connecticut
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37 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“A must see historical tour in Savannah”
Reviewed February 24, 2014

This historical building was right across the square from our hotel (Presidents Quarters). We gad a very good guided tour of the historical building that included slave quarters and much of the original artifacts from the home, that included a history of 3 different owners / families. Fascinating and well worth the ~ 45 min tour

Visited February 2014
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Columbia, South Carolina
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Reviewed February 22, 2014

After reading such mixed reviews on this tour we decided to give it a shot. I have very little to complain about. This house was built in 1819 and it's amazing it's still standing. You get to explore the slave quarter, the oldest in the city and 3 floor of the house. My 5 and 7 year old were intrigued and asked the guide questions too! I LOVED as well as the kids,the scavenger hunt sheets they have to keep them engaged. The only "gripe" I Have is the old lady working at the register needs to be nicer or just stay home. If someone wants to buy tickets a head of time LET THEM! I don't get it. It's money in their pocket wether the customers show up or not for the tour they prebooked. So in conclusion, Go, see, experience and buy your tickets whenever you want!

Visited February 2014
2 Thank aksuarez
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