Owens-Thomas House, 124 Abercorn St. on Oglethorpe Sq., was designed by English architect William Jay. Influenced by classical antiquity, he built the elegant residence over a 4-year period beginning in 1816 using both domestic and imported materials, and designed an innovative plumbing system. In 1825 the Marquis de Lafayette was a guest here.
The English Regency house is furnished with rare antiques and contains decorative arts owned by 19th-century city residents. The carriage house, also the departure point for tours, contains an orientation gallery and the original slave quarters. An English-inspired parterre garden connects the main buildings.
Guided tours are available.
(includes 1-week access to Jepson Center, Owens-Thomas House and Telfair Academy) $20; $18 (ages 65+ and military with ID); $15 (ages 13-college students with ID).
Save $1 on all admission prices.
Hours: Guided tours every 15 minutes Tues.-Sat. 10-5, Sun.-Mon. noon-5; last tour begins at 4:30. Tours often sell out during the peak summer season; arrive early. Closed Jan. 1, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Mar. 17, Easter, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Closes at 3 Christmas Eve and Dec. 31. Closed major holidays.