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“Great tour and insight into old Savannah”

Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters
Ranked #25 of 233 things to do in Savannah
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Owens-Thomas House is considered by architectural historians to be one of the finest examples of English Regency architecture in America. Inspired by classical antiquity, this style of architecture takes its name from England’s King George IV, who ruled as Prince Regent from 1811 to 1820.The house was designed by the young English architect William Jay, one of the first professionally-trained architects practicing in the United States. The elegant residence was built from 1816 to 1819 for cotton merchant and banker Richard Richardson and his wife Francis Bolton. Mr. Richardson’s brother-in-law was married to Ann Jay, the architect’s sister. Three years after the house’s completion, Richardson suffered financial losses and sold his house, which later came under possession of the Bank of the United States.
Reviewed 3 May 2018

You need to walk through on a very informative 45 minute guided tour that seeks to provide a balanced presentation of the "upstairs/downstairs" contrasts of life in this 19th century house between the owners and their slaves. The house is remarkably preserved and guides knowledgeable. Ticket includes admission to the two Telfair Museums, both worth visiting as well.

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Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2018

Thank you for your comments. We are glad you enjoyed the tour.

But, what could we have done better to have earned 5 stars from you? We are always striving to provide a great guest experience; if you have any insights to share please let us know at info@telfair.org.

Thanks

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Reviewed 1 May 2018 via mobile

What a great tour! The tour guide (Gia) was knowledgeable and provided fascinating details about the house: construction, architecture, as well as, stories about family life in the wealthiest of Georgia families. What I enjoyed the most were the details about the slaves who were a part of the Owens-Thomas history. Gia made the tour come alive with her crisp commentary!

Thank Daniel A. C
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Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2018

Thanks Daniel, we are glad that you enjoyed Gia's tour!

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Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

My husband and I enjoyed this house tour. The docent was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions. We learned about life of the homeowners and their slaves in a more urban setting. The curved architecture and the emphasis on symmetry was really beautiful. The tour included two other art museums so the cost is not bad at all.
A great tour while in Savannah.

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Reviewed 29 April 2018

Courteous and knowledgeable tour guide. House is still in a state of restoration and does not compare to other properties in the city.

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Reviewed 28 April 2018

The slave quarters were not what I expected based on books O have read, but perhaps town slave life was different than plantation slave life. The family home was quite modern and elegant and the contrast between the two was substantial. There was construction \ updating going on during our 45 minute guided tour. The workmen were obvious, but not distracting.

Thank Carol K
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