Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters, Savannah

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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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  • Unique property. Tells the comparative story of both families. Those who owned ans ruled the house and those who served and slaved. The house was beautiful. It even had a bridge built in it. First hou...  more »
  • Aren't all historical mansion tours about the same? This one was a bit better because it included the history of the enslaved people who built it and kept the place running.  more »
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  • It’s difficult to rate a historical site, especially one that has such a dark history. However, our amazing tour guide, Daniel, did a great job of tying the history of the Owens-Thomas House to present time. He kept the tour interesting and just humorous enough, as well as answered all of our questions honestly and thoroughly. It was interesting to see how Savannah’s richest colonists lived and to get a glimpse of how urban slavery differed from plantation slavery. There is so much to take in, it’s worth multiple trips.
  • This is my absolute favorite house to tour in Savannah. The history here is deep and troubled and interesting and fantastic. Its full of great stories and the guides here make it all interesting. Take as much time as you can to just walk the house alone. It's lovely and the current decor really takes you back..it's easy to think you're in a different time period while you're here.

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