The Owens-Thomas House: The Jewel of Oglethorpe Square

Owens-Thomas HouseSavannah, GA, is filled with rich history just waiting for you to discover. From significant landmarks to the grand architecture, Savannah takes great pride in her history. Whether you want just a glimpse of the past or a whirlwind tour, you are sure to find just what you are looking for in the beautiful southern city. We, here at the President’s Quarters’ Inn, want you to have a wonderful experience while in the area. One historic place you will not want to miss touring is the Owens-Thomas House! This lovely building should be at the top of your list of things to do in Savannah! Here is all you need to know about the Owen-Thomas House.

Truly the jewel of Oglethorpe Square, the Owens-Thomas House is a wonderful place to spend the afternoon as you wander through it and learn about its rich history. Considered to be one of the finest examples of English Regency architecture, the Owens-Thomas House was completed in 1819 and occupies a full block! The home features a columned entrance portico that will transport you back to a different time and place. As visitors enter the home, a sweeping staircase and beautiful arched second story windows will greet them. The interior of the house boasts a stunning stairway of mahogany, cast iron, brass, and elegant furnishings!

The Owens-Thomas House, also know as the Richardson-Owens-Thomas House, was designed by English architect William Jay and was originally built for Richard Richardson. Richardson was a Bermuda-born banker and cotton merchant! Richardson, however, suffered financial setbacks shortly after the home was completed and lost it to the Bank of the United States three long years later. Later congressman, lawyer and one-time Savannah mayor George Welshman Owens purchased the beautiful home for $10,000. Today, this architectural gem is a National Historic Landmark.

Guests to Savannah can visit the Owens-Thomas House Mondays from 12:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M., Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. and Sundays from 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. Tickets to the Owens-Thomas House may be purchased individually or in a combination that allows you not only to tour this lovely house but also the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences. After touring this spectacular home, take time to wander through the beautiful English-inspired parterre garden and the original carriage house. The carriage house contains one of the earliest intact urban slave quarters in the South. Kids and adults will have a wonderful and memorable time at the Owens-Thomas House!

Now that you know about the Owens-Thomas House, it is time for you to plan your trip to Savannah to see it! The President’s Quarters’ Inn offers a selection of lovely rooms and suites, which are all elegantly decorated to match the southern charm of the city. Before you head out into the beautiful day to tour the Owens-Thomas House, the Inn offers a signature gourmet breakfast. You can book your stay today to help ensure that you will have an unforgettable trip to the Owens-Thomas House! We can hardly wait to see you and your family soon!

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Photo courtesy David McSpadden.