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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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  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
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“indoor plumbing” (165 reviews)
“slave quarters” (178 reviews)
“telfair museum” (71 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
124 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 31401-3732
+1 912-233-9743
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Reviewed 17 November 2016

Lovely historical home in the heart of Savannah. Buy a combination tourist ticket and visit the Tellfar and other sites for one price. The guided tours are very interesting and the guides are quite knowledgeable--it seems to be a labor of love for them.

Thank des12404
Reviewed 16 November 2016

We almost skipped this house tour because of the reviews about grumpy tour guides but so glad that we took a chance and went! Our guide, Raymond, could not have done a better job! He was thoroughly knowledgeable about the house, the period, the people,...More

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Reviewed 16 November 2016

House was unique with very thick walls made of a mixture of oyster shells and sand needed to support water tanks for colonial times in door plumbing.

Thank george p
Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Very interesting home, architecture and history. For me the most interesting part was the slave quarters and the kitchen area. The tour is costly ($20) but also includes two art museums near the Owen-Thomas house. The Owen-Thomas home is the highlight of the the three...More

Thank sanddsheppard
Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

We had the pleasure of touring the O-T House with an amazing guide, Ray Franklin. He provided us with the entire history as well as the historical context of design/architecture of the time. We learned about the architect and the entire cast of characters and...More

Thank ZZMimi
Reviewed 10 November 2016

We took a tour of the Owen-Thomas House in Savannah. Its full of history and the guide did a very good of explaining and telling the story. It was also interesting to see how the slaves lived.

Thank Dona K
Reviewed 9 November 2016

This is such a beautiful house - all of the pieces inside are from the time period, if not original pieces of the family. The history of the family and of the general time period is eerie yet beautiful. Our guide was great!

Thank Christi A
Reviewed 4 November 2016

So much is special about the Owens-Thomas House. You purchase the tickets in the old carriage house, now the gift shop. The ticket price also includes admission to Telfair Academy and the Jepson Museum. Our excellent tour guide led us to the original slave quarters,...More

1  Thank SuzyQu15
Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2016

We're glad you enjoyed it!

Reviewed 1 November 2016

A great example of a restored home that dates back to the 1700's. Our guide was great in her story telling ability to bring the family back to life for us.

Thank gerryf1217
Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2016

Thanks for visiting, and we'll let our guides know you enjoyed it!

Reviewed 1 November 2016

Not much to ad to the other positive reviews... great history! They've done a very good job keeping things up & tour guide did a great job. We did not have time to visit the other Telfair locations. We'd suggest you make this a priority...More

Thank CD W
Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2016

Thanks for being our guest!

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19 December 2016|
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.
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
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