Since 1992, Savannah's Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences has pursued an effort to preserve and completely restore The ... More
Since 1992, Savannah's Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences has pursued an effort to preserve and completely restore The Owens-Thomas House, circa 1819. The granddaughter of longtime owner Congressman and Savannah Mayor George Welshman Owens donated the house and its contents to the art museum in 1951. Now, as a gallery of period art and furnishings and classic architecture, The Owens-Thomas House is open for visitors to enjoy.
This is one of the must see's in Savannah. Our tour guide (name started with an I) was very informative above and beyond the normal tour guide. She was eager to answer questions and give her own thoughts and ideas of how and why things were done in the house. She brought special attention to detail in the architecture and design of the home and what purpose it played.
Lorrie from Aubrey, TX
What i liked about it is that gives you a sense of how the slaves lived at that time. The house design is great. the tour was okay, it just seems at time that the lady was kind of anoyed by our questions. she didn't really looked like she enjoyed giving tours. Otherwise the house is another must see when you go to savannah.
I loved the Owens-Thomas House. I really enjoyed walking through each room and really looking at how intricate every detail was. I also really enjoyed the guide's accent when she kept saying "piano fort" rather than "piano forte" (Jane Austen would have rolled over in her grave!!). All around, one of my favorite experiences in the city. Even though there is no photography in the house, the garden makes for breath taking photos.
This house was one of my favorites. I loved the fact that the architect designed symetrically in a very unique way for the time. I was also intrigued by the lower level of the house.
If you have a AAA card, make sure to show it - there's a $2.00 discount per ticket.
Don't expect a glittery showplace. The interior is rather somber (appropriate for the time) but the furniture is fabulous. The house is undergoing renovation and when we toured, the dining room was in disarray, however, the staff doing the restoration was eager to answer questions. Great gift shop, too. Get the combination ticket for $12.00 to this house and the Telfair Museum (both designed by the same architect, William Jay).
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