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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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124 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 31401-3732
+1 912-233-9743
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Toured the house today and was impressed. Our tour guide, Raymond was extremely knowledgeable, interesting and personable! Would recommend very highly. Laura Brooklyn

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I decided to tour the Owens-Thomas house as it told about what slavery was like in a domestic setting in the 1800s. We learned a great deal and more from our tour guide, Jacqui. Everyone could tell she was passionate and well-informed...More

Thank Bob S
Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your comments. We will let Jacqui know how her tour impacted your thinking and that you were able to learn more about Savannah's challenging history.

Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my favorite house tour in Savannah, and the tour was great. There is so much history here that it overflows an hour tour and we would certainly been interested in more. We want to come back and see the changes that are made...More

1  Thank jimbo973
Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We’re so glad you enjoyed your visit! We’ll make sure Jacqui hears your comments. As you mentioned, we make an effort to make sure we tell the history of the entire household, we’re currently reinterpreting our carriage house, slave quarters, and basement to allow more...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed the guided tour of this house. It is still beautiful, and we got a good idea of the owners and architects of Savannah.

Thank roxyriley2017
Reviewed 1 week ago

Really interesting stop. We were on our way to say and stopped in. Very interesting house with early (first) styled plumbing and historic features to include enslaved quarters "water-blue" painted ceilings, gardens and the lush main house. Well worth the $ 20 guided tour.

Thank marklE143YF
Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are glad that you enjoyed your tour. And the $20 ticket, which includes the guided tour at the Owens-Thomas House, also includes admission to the Jepson Center and Telfair Academy. We hope you were also able to visit those sites during your stay.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The history as told by our guide was quite interesting. The family had 6 children, who were tutored. The were the first to have indoor plumbing; 15 years before the White House. And you can see the cisterns because they have the area exposed. It's...More

Thank Kare2Bme
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This home is well-preserved and we greatly enjoyed our trip. First house to have indoor plumbing (before the White House!). Out back is the shack where enslaved people lived and it contains a blue-painted ceiling that is the largest section of this characteristic blue paint...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An interesting house to visit to see the Regency style in action but the guide was a bit dry and one only needs so much information about it - she didnt like my asking questions and I felt a little put out at that! They...More

Thank PeanutWellington
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ponied up the $20 because our tour book said it was the best one. This included visits to the Telfair Academy and Jepson Center, but we really didnt have time to prioritize art galleries. The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the history of...More

Thank Sightsee_Eat
Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are glad you enjoyed your tour.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Owens-Thomas House is an interesting guided tour. This is also before electricity so it was interesting to see the use of stain glass to light up areas of the house.

Thank Christi B
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18 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.
17 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