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“History Lovers”
Review of Owens-Thomas House

Owens-Thomas House
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Savannah Trolley and Historic Walking Tour Combo
Ranked #13 of 213 things to do in Savannah
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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10 reviews
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“History Lovers”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

Interesting to see how people lived back then and the stories of the family. There is always as candle or two. Fun.

Visited May 2014
Thank Dale L
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North Augusta, South Carolina
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62 reviews
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“Great tour”
Reviewed 4 August 2014

Our tour guide did a thorough job of leading us through this gem of a house. The history was fascinating. She spoke about the slaves and the owners, and had keen insights into both life styles.

Visited August 2014
Thank Rose H
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Kissimmee, Florida
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Amazingly Thorough”
Reviewed 31 July 2014

Linda was our tour guide, and her sweet southern accent only added to her charm. This tour was great! It was the most costly of all of the homes I toured ($15), but it was great. The tour begins in the slaves' quarters, which were interesting in their own right, and then we were taken to several rooms inside the home, and Linda knew all of the information about the finishes and interior. I was thoroughly amazed by her. The tour took well over an hour, so I really felt I got my money's worth. Linda rocks!

Visited July 2014
Thank ChristiOwens
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28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“Beautiful Home!”
Reviewed 28 July 2014 via mobile

This was a very informative tour. Our tour guide was a young girl, but she was very knowledgeable. The home & garden is beautiful, the slave quarters was unique. I was disappointed you couldn't take pictures inside.

Thank supersweet50
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New Providence, New Jersey
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3 reviews
“Unique Features”
Reviewed 23 July 2014

This house is filled with unique features. It was built with indoor plumbing 30 years before other homes had this feature. Fascinating how this worked before city water was an option.

The architect was British and designed the home without ever visiting America- so it has many features that are unusual to other historic homes: an indoor bridge, the indoor plumbing and more.

Visited July 2014
Thank Eileen F
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