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
We enjoyed touring this house and slave quarters. When we were there they had a staff shortage so we did the audio tour on our phones, instead of the guided tour. I was disappointed at first, but...
We enjoyed touring this house and slave quarters. When we were there they had a staff shortage so we did the audio tour on our phones, instead of the guided tour. I was disappointed at first, but... more »
After reading an article in the New York Times (6/26/2019) regarding the more inclusive version of this tour I was curious to see how the narrative had changed. I was pleasantly surprised when...
After reading an article in the New York Times (6/26/2019) regarding the more inclusive version of this tour I was curious to see how the narrative had changed. I was pleasantly surprised when... more »
Great place to visit, admission includes this location and 2 other great buildings nearby. Spent about an hour doing the self-guided audio tour of the museum. I highly recommend the architectural tour of the exterior, it’s free on the website even if you don’t have entry to the museum. The historical kitchen and ice box were my favorite parts, pretty unique collection and stories.
Powerful and humbling tour. Our guide Tyrone was extremely knowledgeable about the House and Slave quarters and also added in a little of other historical information to paint a clear picture of what life was like for the slaves as well as the owners. The slave quarters and House were well kept and you were able to see how life was like. Highly Highly recommend this tour. Please try to get Tyrone as a guide because he was amazing.
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