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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  • Stunning architecture and beautiful photos!! We didn't even get to go inside but made the stop on our self-guided tour because this home is The Owens-Thomas House is considered to be one of the finest...  more »
  • Interesting tour of a beautiful home, and a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the privileged and the enslaved. Daniel, our guide, was knowledgeable, and clearly quite passionate about the topic of...  more »
  • Our tour guide Daniel was absolutely phenomenal! Super knowledgeable and informative. Even the hubby stayed focused during the tour despite me dragging him along. We walked away with a deeper understa...  more »
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  • This was an interesting part of our Savannah vacation. The tour displayed what life was like for a rich southern family and their slaves. Not a large place and nothing like the southern plantations but still a worthwhile visit.
  • One of the better house tours in Savannah. They are restoring it and have a way to go before completion. But definitely worth the visit.
  • Great tour here on our visit. Lots of information and not too long. No.photos allowed inside. Very knowledgeable tourguide. Pay for this & get admission to 2 others.
  • Loved the history, n how everything was kept original. Very educational.
  • Just gorgeous! The house is beautifully preserved and was impressive even when it was newly built: intricate plasterwork, trompe l'oeil on virtually every surface, curved walls and doors throughout the house. The guided tour was lovely. We went to the last tour of the day and we mostly had the house to ourselves. I was pleased that attention was paid to the enslaved occupants of the house as much as possible; the tour guide took care to use their names when they were known, and there is a small exhibit in the old slave quarters/carriage house about African Americans in Savannah.

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