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“Great House - Poor Tour Guide”
Review of Owens-Thomas House

Owens-Thomas House
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History and Architecture Tour of Savannah
Ranked #12 of 218 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great House - Poor Tour Guide”
Reviewed 29 August 2014

I am in beautiful Savannah and after passing by the Owens-Thomas house on several city tours I could not wait to visit this home and learn more about English Regency Architecture. I visited the home today and we were directed to the next tour that was leaving in one minute...my day would have been much brighter if I had caught the following tour. In all my years of travelling I have never felt so unwelcome, watched other tour members talked to in such a condescending manner and so wanted to ask my tour guide if I could defect to the tour just ahead of us! A tour guide's job is to explain the history of the home and provide you with INFORMATION about it. It is not their job to briefly overview a room, ask for your "impression" of the room and then when you ask a question and provide your “impression", to let you know in no uncertain terms ...that you are incorrect and then provide the info you needed. So, if you have the pleasure of Janine as your tour guide…here is hoping today’s heat was the reason for her bad behavior. Telfair Museums, please consider hiring individuals who actually enjoy tourists....it would truly enhance the experience, However, the house is lovely!

Visited August 2014
4 Thank Cheryl G
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paulette t, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this review, 3 September 2014
Thank you for visiting the Owens-Thomas House! We apologize for the negative experience and would love to offer you another opportunity to tour the house on your next visit to Savannah. The home is an architectural gem with fascinating stories to tell. Please contact us at telfair.org to make arrangements.
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Enjoyable historic tour”
Reviewed 28 August 2014

Really enjoyed the history surrounding this house. The tours were offered all through the day and we only had to wait 15 minutes for the next tour. We purchased the 3 location pass, but would have been fine just touring this house. Our guide was knowledgeable but not very enthusiastic. I attribute that to the excessive heat that day.

Visited July 2014
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Frederick, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Great Tour”
Reviewed 28 August 2014

Very interesting historic tour of the house and all it artifacts. It should be on anyone's list of place to check out. I would do it again.

Visited August 2014
Thank Phillip L
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Litchfield, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Owens Thomas House”
Reviewed 24 August 2014

We wanted to tour at least one historic home on our day trip to Savannah and we chose the Owens Thomas house on Savannah Dan's recommendation. We were not disappointed. Beautiful, well maintained English Garden and lovely house. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and informative. The indoor plumbing, cisterns, basement kitchens and slave quarters were very interesting.
The only downfall was that no pictures are allowed inside the house...
Otherwise--a must see while in Savannah.

Visited August 2014
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134 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2014

By chance we met an elderly Savannahian who recommended the Owens-Thomas house as the prettiest house in city. On his recommendation we toured the house and garden and he was absolutely correct! The history and architecture of the mansion is like none other we've seen. Highly recommended break.

Visited August 2014
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