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Owens-Thomas House

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Address: 124 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 31401-3732
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+1 912-233-9743
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12:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Mon 12:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Owens-Thomas House is considered by architectural historians to be one...

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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Unusual historic house

Because they have tours every 15 minutes, the docents move you through the house quickly. I really would have liked more time to look at the rooms and the design or the rooms... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 May 2016
Jeanine J
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Western Springs, Illinois
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Western Springs, Illinois
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19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

Because they have tours every 15 minutes, the docents move you through the house quickly. I really would have liked more time to look at the rooms and the design or the rooms because they were unique in many ways. Our guide was informative and did a good job but I felt rushed.

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Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting! And we'll pass your feedback along to our guides. More 

Mobile, Alabama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2016

I learned an awful lot about early Savannah history and early plumbing on my tour of this very historic home. Our guide was very interesting and obviously knew not only Savannah history but also 18th and 19th century history in general. The gardens were also outstanding.

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Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind words, and please come again! More 

Bonney Lake, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2016

This property had an interesting history as so many old Savannah homes do but it has not been well preserved. Our tour guide was knowledgeable but lacked the enthusiasm needed to bring the home's history alive for us. Despite the condition and guide, the house is part of Savannah's historical growth and worth a visit.

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Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback, and we'll pass your comments on to our staff. More 

Oxfordshire England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2016 via mobile

The house had been suggested as an enjoyable visit and we were pleased to have taken the advice. The guide gave us insight to life of an affluent family in the decades prior to The Civil War. A quality family home with a good story to tell. Very accessible snap shot of a fascinating period in American history. Stopped from... More 

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Thanks for visiting, and we appreciate your feedback! More 

The Woodlands, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2016

This was a positive experience all around. This is one of the few historic homes that includes slave quarters. The tour guide was excellent, well spoken. Be advised, there are quite a lot of steps if you have mobility issues. There are no photos allowed inside. However, all in all, this is a completely satisfactory experience, especially if you have... More 

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Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this review

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

Roanoke, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2016

One of the highlights of my Savannah trip. Very knowledgeable tour guide with interesting stories. Be sure to ask a lot of questions to see how really good the guides are.

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Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this review

Our guides are always up for a challenging question! Thanks for visiting! More 

Connecticut, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016

We enjoyed touring the Owens-Thomas House recently. It gave a good overview of Savannah history and architecture.

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Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this review

We're always pleased when out guests enjoy both the history and the architecture of the Owens-Thomas House! Thanks for coming! More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016

we took a tour of the Owens-Thomas house and were not disappointed. it was amazing. Our guide was very knowledgeable and it was a fast 45minute tour. The house and furnishings are beautiful and you feel almost like you knew the people that owned the house. Lovely

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Thanks for the kind words, and please come again! More 

Bethesda, MD
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2016

Get the admission pass that includes this , the Telfair and the Jepson. It's well worth it. This was my favorite house and garden. Also the history was entertaining.

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Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting, and we'll let our guides know you enjoyed the tour! More 

Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2016

The combination tour ticket for the Owens Thomas house, Telfair and Jepsen museums is among my Savannah musts. Raymond did a wonderful job of providing a detailed history of the house and creating a perspective for that period. Beautiful architecture and details. Tickets are timed, so check in early.

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Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this review

We're glad you enjoyed the history and architecture both! And we'll let Raymond know you appreciated his tour! More 

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