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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. By using our Savannah trip generator, you can arrange your visit to Owens-Thomas House and other attractions in Savannah.
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  • Garrett was our tour guide through the Owens-Thomas house. We were told that if we toured one house in Savannah, this should be it. On a rainy afternoon, our knowledgeable tour guide led us through th...  more »
  • Lovely home; decent tour. Our tour guide was pleasant and informative, but not the most exciting historical home we've visited.  more »
  • The tour is worth taking and the home is interesting. The garden is lovely. We only toured two homes and this is one of the ones we chose.  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.
  • 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.
  • Great tour guide and tour. Very knowledgeable about the history of the home and the time setting.Two thumbs up.