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 .
Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters Reviews
Lovely House. Good Tour. Go early since each group is only 15 people. Good ticket allows one to visit 2 other associated art museums. Makes for a nice afternoon. more »
The large, gracious Regency style home, slave quarters and carriage house is an excellent example of what the presence of slaves provided for some of the wealthy white aristocracy. It is steeped in hi... 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.
Plan your trip to Savannah
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
View all >
Side trips from Savannah
View all >
Hidden gems in Savannah
View all >
Nearby attractions in Savannah
Plans to Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters by other users
60 days in Georgia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, popular sights PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 15 days in East Coast of USA BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, relaxing, romantic, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, relaxing, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA January, culture, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Savannah BY A USER FROM CANADA December, popular sights PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 52 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 42 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy