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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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“slave quarters” (186 reviews)
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124 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 31401-3732
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Thoroughly enjoyed the tour of this beautiful building with my husband. Seeing the original plumbing was quite a treat. Our tour guide did an excellent job of weaving the history of the occupants including the enslaved people who worked here in with the tour.

Thank 585Anne
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Abby gave us a wonderful tour of the buildings and grounds. She answered our questions and explained the culture and times of the people who used to live in this building with intelligence and sensitivity. I recommend this tour.

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour. Daniel, our guide, was articulate, thoughtful, and very interesting as he told the story of this house.

Thank mjobrum
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

What made our tour so enjoyable was the beautiful house and garden area and how our tour guide Garrett reminded us to remember the people who had lived there. She told the most interesting and entertaining stories about the occupants who had lived there and...More

Thank Vickie H
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

How do you play it when your running tours of an opulent antebellum mansion in the South? Well, you give it its due, but pit it in the complex context of its very existence being dependent on the labor of enslaved human beings. Nicely played,...More

Thank MSB1107
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Purchased tickets for this house which also included the telfair house and jesop gallery. A wonderful museum to see how the house looked back in its hey day. In adddition to the main house you were able to view the servants quarters. Our tour guide...More

Thank Eataroundwoburn
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very well-informed guide. Maybe worth half the price of admission. Security seemed excessive. Gift shop had a sign stating no firearms allowed.... really ?

Thank artduvall
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Owens-Thomas house was lived in by one family for three generations and is in very good condition. It depicts life as it was with intact urban slave quarters. Had indoor plumbing before the White House.

Thank Sue M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed seeing the beautiful house and learning about it, unfortunately our tour guide was a bit of a dud and someone more engaging might have made it more interesting--the group behind us seemed to be getting much more detail than we were but it...More

Thank Michelle T
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

No sugar coating here. This tour is about how the enslaved people survived and lived during this time in history. It isn't pretty, it's real. My husband and I enjoyed it completely due to our guides knowledge of facts.

Thank katyisgr8
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papopipo2000
19 December 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
18 December 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
20 May 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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