Owens-Thomas House, Savannah

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Boasting a decorative arts collection of Owens' family furnishings and original American and European objects dating from 1750 to 1830, Owens-Thomas House is a prime example of English Regency architecture in America. Guided tours of the mansion and English-inspired parterre gardens are offered throughout the day. You also can see one of the earliest slave quarters in the South. Designed by the young English architect William Hay, the mansion was built from 1816 to 1819 for the wealthy cotton merchant Richard Richardson. The Owens-Thomas family house purchased the house and later donated it to the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences. One of the most notable visitors was Marquis de Lafayette, a revolutionary war hero who stayed at the house in 1825 and allegedly delivered a speech from one of the balconies on the south side of the house. Photography and video is not permitted inside the house. Plan your Owens-Thomas House visit and explore what else you can see and do in Savannah using our Savannah online itinerary planner .
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  • The tour of the Owens-Thomas House was a great way to spend a couple of hours. The tour was well organized, and the guide was friendly and extremely knowledgeable. The design of the house was lovely, ...  more »
  • Interesting. The guide did his best to describe the life of its early owners. You have to take it as a tour -- one cannot just wander through.  more »
  • This house was interesting in that it had some advanced designs for the time it was built. It was lived in up until recent times. Worth the tour.  more »
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  • Such a beautiful home accompanied by an informative and educational tour. I simply love how each tour guide is able to present the historical narrative of the home in their own style. Our tour guide, Daniel, did a wonderful job. Understanding the history of the home in contextualization with Savannah during the early 19th century is very important with this house, and Daniel provided thorough detail not only of the home, but more importantly of the slaves who worked there and whose story had been lost for much of history. When visiting a historic home in the south, it is important to understand the lives of ALL who worked and lived there, and Daniel did a great job of conveying that history. I would 100% recommend this house to anyone touring Savannah!
  • My wife and I stumbled across this house museum on a night tour of downtown and went back the next day to go inside. This ended up being one of the absolute highlights of our trip! Our tour guide, Daniel, was great! He explained what everyday life on the estate must have been like from the time of its construction to the time the home was donated. But more than that, Daniel had a very poignant view on how the people inside the house interacted and how they, and the house, fit into the deep history of Savannah as a whole. Not to mention the house itself is gorgeous! Definitely take an hour and go through the Richardson-Owens-Thomas house!!
  • I, enjoyed my tour very much, our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the house, the history of the area in that period, and she answered all of our questions and we all learned some things that we did not know.
  • must see while visiting Savannah...most interesting huge house before its time...( acually had plumbing b4 the White House had plumbing) $
  • This is a very well maintained old Savannah home (the first with running water). Nice, well informed tour guides.

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