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Owens-Thomas House

124 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA, United States
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    Myrha Colt
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    5 Aug 05, 2013

    Savannah is all about the historic homes. So a tour is pretty much a given when you come through town for the first time. But the question is: how do you choose?

    Admittedly I have not tackled them all. But for my own purposes, the Owens-Thomas house seemed a particularly good place to start. While it's not quite as hyped as some of the others, it's actually somewhat unique in that it is one of the few homes that was occupied for generations by the same family -- 175 years to be exact. As a result, a significant amount of the furniture belonged to the Owens family themselves as well as even a few pieces that belonged to the very first owners, the Richardsons. The house is also considered to be one of the finest examples of English Regency architecture in America and claimed one of the most extensive plumbing systems of its time, including running water, baths, and water closets, etc. That means a fairly interesting walk down plumbing lane. Plus the house tour does a fairly good job of documenting the history of slavery in Savannah during the life span of the home, with the walk through the slave quarters offering a particularly personal window into our nation's past.

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    Michael C
    4 Jun 21, 2013

    Well worth a visit to understand how the elite of Savannah lived in the 19th century. You can get a combined ticket that will also get you into the Telfair Academy (which houses the Bird Girl statue featured in the movide "Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil") and the Jepson Center.

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    Aloura Charles
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    5 Jul 05, 2012

    This place is very, very cool. The tour lasts about 45minutes and goes every 15 minutes or so. The docents are friendly and knowledgeable. This is the first house in the US with indoor plumbing. The White House didn't even get plumbing until a few years later! It was designed by William Jay when he was only 24. There were two cisterns built into the floor so that there was a toilet that flushed on each floor and two tubs and a shower in the basement! Incredible for 1818. The furniture is all period and they've gone to great lengths to restore as much as the house as possible. A very cool way to spend an hour or two in downtown Savannah.

    MOVIE ALERT: Robert Redford shot some of his film "The Conspirator" about the assassination of Lincoln here in this house. Look for a scene with the grand staircase.

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    Craig Kellar
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    Impressive mansion, done in the Regency style. Lovely and ornate, it just screamed "old money".

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    5 Aug 03, 2013
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4.5 out of 5
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