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The Owens-Thomas House is located at 124 Abercorn Street in Savannah, Georgia.
The Owens-Thomas House was designed by William Jay, a young architect from England. Construction started in 1816, and was completed in 1819. The home's first owner was Richard Richardson, a wealthy banker and cotton merchant. He only lived there for three years, when he had some financial troubles and lost the house.
Mrs. Mary Maxwell was the home's next owner. She lived there for eight years, and rented out rooms to people visiting the city. One of her most famous guests was the Marquis de Lafayette, a Revolutionary War hero from France. He addressed the city from the house on March 19, 1825.
In 1830, the house was purchased by George Welshman Owens for $10,000. Owens was a lawyer, congressman, and mayor of Savannah. His family owned the house until 1951.
In 1951 Margaret Thomas, George Owens's granddaughter, donated the house to the Telfair Museum of Art. The house has been operated as a museum ever since then.
In addition to the home's rich history, it also has its own ghost story. Many believe that the ghost of Margaret Thomas resides at the house. She always loved caring for her garden, and today many visitors have seen a ghostly lady walking through the garden at night. Her ghost is also seen in the house's parlor, sometimes looking out the window.
For more information about the Owens-Thomas House, please visit the official site: Telfair Museum of Art: Owens-Thomas House.
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