Visitors to the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters are guided through one of the finest examples of Regency architecture in America as well as the original slave quarters designed to house the enslaved men, women and children who maintained it. The tour includes an exploration of the lives and complicated relationships of the most and least powerful people in 19th century Savannah—such as the wealthy Owens family who owned the property for 121 years and the many enslaved people who labored to support and maintain the household.
The house was designed by architect William Jay and completed in 1819. Now a National Historic Landmark, the property boasts a carefully curated mansion with a formal parterre garden and an original carriage house, which includes the only intact urban slave quarters open to the public in Savannah. The Owens-Thomas House slave quarters is complete with the nation’s largest expanse of slave-applied haint blue paint, made from indigo and thought to ward off evil spirits.
The tour also provides an exploration of the home’s remarkable features, including Savannah’s earliest system of indoor plumbing, an indoor bridge and the balcony from which the Marquis de Lafayette is said to have addressed a crowd of locals in 1825, as well as insight about how each room was used in that time and by whom.
Tours of the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters are given daily at fifteen-minute intervals. The last tour begins at 4:15 pm.
Not worth your time or money
Thirty dollars for not much. The house is not in very good shape- there is no wow factor. The guide was ok but you could tell she had done this too many times. Just a tourist trap. Go eat ...
Just a little underwhelmed
The house is a remarkably restored piece of history. Honestly our tour guide was not very good and that detracted heavily. She was rushed, seemed disinterested, and offered jargony word salad in ...
Good history lesson / well preserved house in heart of the Historic District
We were lucky to get Harris Hoin as our tour guide; as a former high school civics teacher, he is an excellent person to lead this tour of an antebellum urban home with slave quarters. This home is ...