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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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  • Our tour guide was very knowledgable and provided great insight for each room we visited. It was fascinating to learn about how they developed early indoor plumbing as well as the mistreatment of slav...  read more »
  • Wonderful example of English Regency architectural style (c. 1816). The guided tour gave a good overview of the home's history, from its first occupant through its being bequeathed to the Telfair Acad...  read more »
  • Fascinating architecture for its time with the first in-door plumbing created by a rain collection system on the roof and cisterns throughout the home for water usage. Guided tours are informative, bu...  read more »
  • Beware of the ladies who are selling you your ticket. As a local, I was bringing my friend from out of town to explore this historical home. As a tour guide myself in the area, I knew that the Owens-Thomas house was a "must see", however, the two women at the register were sarcastic and condescending as we tried to present our student IDs. I had to apologize to my guest while the lady at the register finally noticed my zip code being local saying "Oh, I guess that was kind of a smart-ass response huh?" This was in reply to a question about our student discounts. The entire tour, all we could think of was how rude this lady had been to us. We thought to ourselves, "we just asked one question and both women chimed in to hurt our feelings. why?". The tour finished and yet all we remained talking about was the rude, sarcastic and condescending comments that the ladies who sold us the tickets said. The next time I bring a guest to Savannah, we will certainly find something else to do. An Upset Local
  • This was a great experience it showed of genuine period pieces and the ingenious architecture of the time! Our tour guide Linda "the boss" was one of the best tour guides I ever had. This stoic geriatric fire cracker gave us an entertaining and informative experience. if you do go request her as your guide.
  • Our docent was Collin. He was very knowledgeable about almost every corner of the house. We learned a lot about the house and about local history surrounding it. Plus, in the heat of the July summer, the house was nice and cool! Highly recommend taking a tour of the Owens-Thomas(-Richardson) House as part of the Telfair Museums.
  • The guide was very knowledgeable and willing to dive into the process of researching and interpreting the home's history. I really appreciated the surprise insights into the mind of a historian. The house was interesting with some unusual engineering and design aspects. The ticket is also good for a couple nearby interesting museums.
  • Nice tour and great tour guide. Our tour guides names was Conway and he was very entertaining. The Owen's house was one of three connected tours purchased at the Telfair museum.
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