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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  • August 13, 2017
    My wife and I decided to tour the Owens-Thomas house as it told about what slavery was like in a domestic setting in the 1800s. We learned a great deal and more from our tour guide, Jacqui. Everyone c...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    This was my favorite house tour in Savannah, and the tour was great. There is so much history here that it overflows an hour tour and we would certainly been interested in more. We want to come back a...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    We enjoyed the guided tour of this house. It is still beautiful, and we got a good idea of the owners and architects of Savannah.  more »
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  • May 16, 2017
    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.
  • June 17, 2017
    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.
  • June 1, 2017
    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.
  • July 4, 2017
    Loved the history, n how everything was kept original. Very educational.
  • February 12, 2017
    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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