From the central mansion to the surrounding grounds, gardens, carriage house, and slave quarters, visitors can explore period-clad rooms, historic technology that was advanced for its time, and exhibits and stories that engage all ages. All visitors must join a guided tour which includes the mansion as well as all of the axillary areas. The 45-minute small-group tour gives you a chance to learn about the architecture and artifacts as a guide unravels the stories of historic residents. xa0 Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters is also a popular stop on walking tours of Savannah, the Old Town Trolly, and tours focused on the city’s historic homes.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The site draws in history buffs and architecture enthusiasts.
- The Orientation Gallery, slave quarters, shop, garden, and bathrooms are wheelchair and stroller accessible but, due to its historic architecture, the house itself is not. *xa0Guided tours sometimes sell out—arrive early to secure a spot.xa0
- You can book a ticket that includes entrance to the Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters as well as the two other Telfair Museums.
How to Get There
Located in Savannah’s historic district, the Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters can be easily reached on foot, by car, or by public transportation. The mansion is set across from Oglethorpe Square on Abercorn Street.
When to Get There
The historic estate can be visited year-round, offering a welcome respite from the heat in Savannah’s hot summers or a nice way to pass a rainy day. If visiting on a weekend or during peak season in Savannah (spring and fall) arrive early to ensure a spot on a tour.
Savannah’s Telfair Museums The Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters is one of three Telfair Museums, all located within blocks of each other. The three museums are dedicated to the history, art, culture, and architecture of Savannah. Just a 7-minute walk from Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters is the Jepson Center—an auditorium and gallery. Two blocks from there, the Telfair Academy was the first public art museum in the South.
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