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Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters

#10 in Best Things To Do in Savannah

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Price & Hours

  • $20 for adults; free for kids 12 and younger
  • Tues-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Sun-Mon noon-5 p.m.

Details

  • Historic Homes/Mansions, Museums, Sightseeing Type
  • 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.7
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  • Value
    4.0
  • Facilities
    3.5
  • Atmosphere
    4.5

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George Welshman Owens was a wealthy planter, lawyer and politician who lived in this house with his wife, six children and 14 slaves beginning in 1830. Unlike the other two Telfair Museums, the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters focuses less on art and more on architecture, which is sure to impress. In fact, recent visitors described the house as both simple and elegant. If you like history, then an hour or two at the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters should definitely make it on to your to-do list. A tour of the facility reveals what life was like for the upper-class in 19th century Savannah: You'll see Greek-inspired craftsmanship and beautiful stained glass, not to mention the old carriage house and slave quarters.

The Owens-Thomas House sits in the heart of the Historic District, just a few blocks northeast of Juliette Gordon Low's Birthplace. You must visit the house on a guided tour, which are offered on 20-minute intervals daily until 4:20 p.m. The home is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday and Monday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission costs $20 for adults and $15 for students, ages 13 through 30. Kids 12 and younger are admitted for free. Keep in mind that admission to one site includes a visit to each of the other Telfair sites, including the Jepson Center and the Telfair Academy. For more information, check out the Telfair Museums website.

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Courtesy SCAD Museum of Art

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