The Owens–Thomas House & Slave Quarters is a historic home in Savannah, Georgia, that is operated as a historic house museum by Telfair Museums. It is located at 124 Abercorn Street, on the northeast corner of Oglethorpe Square. The Owens–Thomas House was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976, as one of the nation's finest examples of English Regency architecture.
Renovations in the 1990s uncovered and restored one of the oldest and best preserved urban slave quarters in the American South.
|Monday||12:00 – 5:00 PM|
|Tuesday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Wednesday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Thursday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Friday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Saturday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Sunday||12:00 – 5:00 PM|
kenny vanwright | Feb 16, 2018
I traveled 330 miles because the brochure advertised " a tour of slave quarters" in Savannah. I believe I paid $25 and took a 5 min tour of a room that's been a boarding house for the last 100 years but they discovered it use to be a kitchen where slaves cooked for the masters party. The place was pretty much empty, you had to use your imagination and what was there was not original. Then you went across the street to where the master lived and was told how glorious he lived. This was well furnished but nothing was original. All in all it was B.S. and a waste of time.
Buck Wicklund | Feb 15, 2018
Great tour of a home that's close to 200 years old. The tour guide was very knowledgeable about many details of the house construction and changes that occurred over time. It was very interesting to hear about the way slaves were kept and how they interacted with their owners in an urban environment vs plantation life.
Russell Kauitzsch, MS, LPC | Feb 26, 2018
Very interesting but if history. The tour was good and informative. It guide was very knowledgeable. It's worth the visit to see the history!
Haleigh Obrian | Nov 5, 2017
Such a beautiful home accompanied by an informative and educational tour. I simply love how each tour guide is able to present the historical narrative of the home in their own style. Our tour guide, Daniel, did a wonderful job. Understanding the history of the home in contextualization with Savannah during the early 19th century is very important with this house, and Daniel provided thorough detail not only of the home, but more importantly of the slaves who worked there and whose story had been lost for much of history. When visiting a historic home in the south, it is important to understand the lives of ALL who worked and lived there, and Daniel did a great job of conveying that history. I would 100% recommend this house to anyone touring Savannah!
Cameron McKnight | Jan 1, 2018
My wife and I stumbled across this house museum on a night tour of downtown and went back the next day to go inside. This ended up being one of the absolute highlights of our trip! Our tour guide, Daniel, was great! He explained what everyday life on the estate must have been like from the time of its construction to the time the home was donated. But more than that, Daniel had a very poignant view on how the people inside the house interacted and how they, and the house, fit into the deep history of Savannah as a whole. Not to mention the house itself is gorgeous! Definitely take an hour and go through the Richardson-Owens-Thomas house!!
Katt Keefe | May 7, 2018
This is such a great place to visit. Beautiful home with lots of beautiful furnishings. If you love history like I do, you don't want to miss it! Thank you from Seattle, WA
Laura Jefferson | Apr 4, 2018
House was beautiful. Tour guide was extremely knowledgeable. Just disappointed that we were dodging construction workers. I understand that things are being restored, but when you pay that much for a tour, you would think that construction would be done outside tour hours. It definitely takes away from imagining the era.
Marc Perkins-Carrillo | Apr 23, 2018
Beautiful home. Loved that you can take photos inside and outside. Linda was a great tour guide and super knowledgeable. Highly recommend doing this tour.
Mike McCombie | May 6, 2018
An outstanding preservation of a time passed. A very engaging tour, with of course an account of life at the time that is heart rending. Go and see. The physical presevertion is only an aspect of the total history maintained here for all to see.
FairytaleVideobiz | May 21, 2018
I did the tour at Owens-Thomas. Very interesting the way they lived back in 1819 the house was interesting, slave quarters were original kind of disturbing in a modern sense. But it is history so it was interesting to see. Everything was fully explained before we entered it was about a 45-minute tour. I did feel the sense when we walked in to the house as if we stepped through a time machine. It did feel that way. Very old.
Andrew Mosso | May 25, 2018
This historic home offers a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the early American slave-owning one percent. The tour takes between a half hour and an hour and is well worth your time if you are visiting Savannah. The admission price also includes admission to both Jepson galleries; visiting all three can easily fill a morning or afternoon making it a very economical way to see a variety of Savannah attractions.
Colt Stewart | May 28, 2018
This is a very well preserved look into early Savannah wealth and culture. Accurate history of the roll of the enslaved in operating such a facility. Refreshing to hear the truth.
Megan Sellinger | May 20, 2018
Really neat view into the lives of those who lived in Savannah's old historic houses. This is one of the first homes with indoor plumbing, really neat to see! And the grounds are immaculate. You can pay for admission to one Telfair/Jepson museum and go to all three, highly recommend. Our tour guide here was friendly and knowledgeable.
Cindy Freeman | Jun 24, 2018
This tour came highly recommended by a trolley tour guide. The house was a first of it's kind when built with modern luxuries from England. Our guide was excellent - very well spoken and knowledgeable as well as interesting. This was the only house that we chose to tour and have no regrets.
Yvonneq Alley | Jun 19, 2018
Excellent information and guides! Super interesting architecture! Live that they split time described enslaved lives as well as slave owners life. Well done!
Helen DeMott | Jul 1, 2018
The house and history was very interesting. However, our docent was not very welcoming, and I answered when someone in our group asked what consumption was because the docent didn't know. Afterward, I heard a different girl giving the same tour and can easily say I would much rather have been with her.
Joan Dewey | Jul 28, 2018
Our tour leader, Abby, was awesome. Well worth the time. She explained a lot of things and did a great job answering questions. The blue ceiling? Go on tour and learn why it is blue.
Alisha McConnell | Aug 9, 2018
Beautiful house. Phenomenal tour guide who took us back through time and allowed us to explore and see through the eyes of the family that lived there. Awesome experience!
Karen Perales | Aug 13, 2018
The guided tour was very interesting. I liked learning about how they made certain features of the home seem more elegant by making pine look like marble and other details.
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