Boasting a decorative arts collection of Owens' family furnishings and original American and European objects dating from 1750 to 1830, Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters 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 & Slave Quarters visit and explore what else you can see and do in Savannah using our Savannah online itinerary planner.
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Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters reviews
I visited the Owens-Thomas House first with my 3-in-1 ticket since the website cautioned tours filled up quickly here. This was an informative and fascinating tour of the enslaved people who lived... more »
Beautiful furnishings and interiors. It’s an audio your done on your phone. If you have headphones bring them. It would be more enjoyable than holding your phone to your ear. The garden is so-so... more »
this is a very interesting museum that shows a little of both the enslaved as well as the enslaver. Glad to have done it. more »
Lovely Regency house to explore. But what sticks with you after leaving is the story of the slaves, on whose backs this house and much of this hauntingly beautiful city is built. They don't gloss over history's ugly truths. The tour is well worth it for its honest description of life among the slaves and their owners. It's not just the guided tour but the exhibits that will stay with you. Remarkable museum for everyone.
House was beautiful but the older lady who gave tour however was not, I understand many of the workers volunteer but If you don’t like answering questions then don’t do the community service. The whole group today at 11:45 kept commenting on how rude she was... she would ask if anyone had any questions and as soon as you asked she’d get snappy, I couldn’t take it anymore and asked her if we indeed were allowed to ask questions or if it bothered her. She said “If you would Wait or listen you’ll eventually get your answer!” I couldn’t take it anymore we left the group early. I looked up the rest of the history on my own.
On its own, this place is probably a four, but Telfair cohesively is a five. The grounds are well-kept, with very good displays and thorough information, especially for such a small production. The tour guides are informative (though some have a bit of attitude), and each guide will tell you something a little different about the house and grounds. Definitely worth taking the time to see the house, museum, and galleries.
The tour guide was especially good and she answered questions with real expertise. She was considerate of our children and allowed them to ask questions as well! The upkeep and renovations are outstanding and I would say that if you want to visit Savannah and you only have time for 1 home visit, this is the one you should choose.
The tour guide provided a lot of great details. He was obviously knowledgeable about the history of the house and Savannah. The house was also pretty cool. Definitely exceeded expectations.
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