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Owens-Thomas House, Savannah

(4.1/5 based on 1,300+ reviews on the web)
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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TripAdvisor
  • if you like old houses with history this is great.....purchase a ticket and you get a wonderful tour of the home with some much history invovled.....highly recommend  more »
  • Highly recommend this home tour… not only is the home itself very historic and beautiful but it has one of the few slave quarters visitors can experience. This is a very unique home with quite a story...  more »
  • The grounds are very pretty and the house is well preserved. The guided tour is worth the 45 minutes and also gets you free admission to 2 other local Telfair Museums. Our guide was very informative a...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Big old house with a rich history. You can purchase tickets here for 2 other linked locations. I think this was my favorite old house of the trip, the staff really knew their stuff!
  • 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.
  • If it weren't for our wonderful tour guide, Ryan (young blonde man), I would give this review negative stars. He was extremely passionate, knowledgeable, and entertaining, giving us a thoroughly enjoyable tour of the house. However, the prices were WAY higher than reported in the AAA Book (which the ladies at the counter condescendingly reported has not been updated) and even touring the three buildings was NOT worth $40 for two people (AND I'm a student). My biggest complaint is definitely about the ladies at the desk in the Owens-Thomas House, who were condescending and rude (and as I read other reviews here saying the same thing, I am amazed they are still behaving in this manner). The Jepson Art Museum was large but had very few exhibits and the Telfair Academy was interesting, but small as well. Compared to other historical tours and art museums, the price is outrageous and not worth it to be treated the way we were. Thank you for an awesome tour though, Ryan! You were really the only good part of our experience with Telfair.