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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 8 December 2015

The was a worthwhile tour to go on to get a feel of the architecture was like in the mid 1800's in Savannah. This is a very impressive building considering that it was built in the mid 1800's and had extremely modern features for that...More

Thank Wisconsintom
Reviewed 6 December 2015

I'm not a huge history buff, and can get bored with historical tours easily. This one really had my attention, though. The guide, a college student, did a great job of making the tour interesting. He focused a lot on the family history and the...More

Thank AimeeKB
Reviewed 1 December 2015

Great tour led by guide Drew Clark with the Telfair. He really knows his stuff. The house is a time capsule and a true Savannah treasure. If you have any interest at all in historic homes the Owens Thomas House is not to be missed....More

Reviewed 29 November 2015

While in Savannah, I wanted to do at least one house tour. I decided to do this tour because it was included in my admission to the Telfair/Jepson. Here are some of the reasons that I believe this was a poor tour: 1. Tour guide...More

1  Thank Travelingheadricks
Reviewed 28 November 2015

This was a lovely guided tour. Our guide had many stories that made the history come alive. Note that you can't wander about alone. The guided tour is all you can do. Also, you are not allowed to take pictures. This is a lovely example...More

Thank Traveler7504
Reviewed 28 November 2015

The Owens-Thomas house is a must see. The you architect, Jay, that designed it 200 years ago included a little bit of everything. It makes the house quirky and very interesting.

Thank Keith S
Reviewed 27 November 2015

The Owens-Thomas house has a really long and interesting history (General Lafayette once stayed here). The right guide will make this one of the highlights of your stay in Savannah. Our guide was Conway, and he was both entertaining, and seemed to know every aspect...More

Thank wingator
Reviewed 25 November 2015

One thinks of General Sherman and the Civil War when visiting Savannah but Revolutionary War personalities and architecture are everywhere. This house was built in about 1816 and is in the English Regency style. It's slave quarters with the 'haint blue' ceilings are still visible....More

Thank Beth T
Reviewed 24 November 2015

This tour was part of the 3 museum ticket we purchased. I found the tour to be very interesting and our guide very informative. The slave quarters, the outdoor bath and laundry room, the beautiful courtyard and the fact that this beautiful home was the...More

Thank Hope1956_11
Reviewed 23 November 2015

I enjoyed this tour and the history associated with the mansion. Starts in the servants quarters then through the small garden then into the main house. Love the talk about the aritecture and how the the homes of yesterday we're cooled and serviced in the...More

Thank Brian M
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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