Located in the red hills of southwest Georgia, Thomasville was established in the 1820s with the introduction of cotton plantations. Today, 71 of these plantations, encompassing 300,000 acres, still exist. Thomasville later emerged as a prosperous Victorian-era resort town and winter haven for wealthy northerners, many of whom built showy winter "cottages" that now function as elegant bed and breakfasts, museums, and private homes. Today's visitors find Thomasville is home to majestic oaks, rose gardens, numerous Victorian-era historic sites, affordable, friendly lodging, charming restaurants, and southern hospitality.
History is foremost in Thomasville, and groups have multiple options to experience this firsthand. Local step-on guides are available for tour groups from the Thomas County Museum of History and Jack Hadley's Black Heritage Trail, which provide informative commentary about Thomasville's Victorian-era architecture and the area's African-American heritage. Also available are tours of the Pebble Hill Plantation and the Lapham-Patterson House. These tours will transport you to the old sporting plantation days as well as the "grand winter cottage' era of Thomasville. And don't miss the informative tour provided by the Thomas County Museum of History. It will teach you about what made Thomasville so popular in the old days and what has kept it so popular in our times!
The National Main Street Center, a National Trust for Historic Preservation program, honored Thomasville with a 1998 Great American Main Street Award. Thomasville was considered one of the first cities in Georgia to recognize the importance of historic preservation. To date the Thomasville Main Street program has restored more than 100 buildings.
Thomasville's Victorian downtown district offers a plethora of distinctive shops and antiquing opportunities--all within a two-block radius along brick-paved, tree-lined streets. And whether you come in the spring for the Rose Festival or the fall for the Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival or Victorian Christmas, you will most certainly discover why Thomasville is "Worth the Trip."
Thomasville Black Heritage Trail Tour & Musuem
This self-guided tour will introduce you to historical sites significant to Thomasville's African-American history, complete with pictures and an easy-to-follow map. You will see the grave site of Lt. Henry Ossian Flipper, a slave born in Thomasville, who was the first African-American to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1877.
The Jack Hadley Black History Musuem has thousands of pieces of artifacts; i.e. old news clippings, prints, pictures, paintings, posters, books and magazines of Black America Achiever's historical accomplishments to include Thomasville/Thomas County's Black Achievers. For more info go http://www.jackhadleyblackhistorymuseum.com/index.html
Thomasville Cultural Center
Relax and enjoy a leisurely tour of this historic arts center. The three-story brick building was constructed as the Eastside Elementary School in 1915 and renovated and reopened as the Cultural Center in 1986. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The galleries house exhibits by local and regional artists as well as nationally toured art exhibits. There is also an impressive permanent gallery you are welcome to tour on your own or you may schedule a guided tour. Visual and performing arts classes are offered year-round. Theatrical and musical productions are performed in the Center's auditorium. For more info go http://www.tccarts.org/
Thomasville’s Historic Downtown is a shopper’s dream-come-true, offering dozens of charming retail shops, antiques and restaurants. Thomasville was designated a Great American Main Street City in 1998 and in 1999 was named one of a dozen top places to visit in the U.S.A. by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Thomasville is unique in that it has not only preserved many of its original downtown buildings, but many of its original downtown businesses, as well. The restored Victorian storefronts put a lovely face on a fun variety of stores offering everything from proper hunting attire to the perfect little black dress and great shoes to go with both. The city’s brick-paved streets lend an old world feel to the bustling shopping district, which draws consumers from throughout south Georgia and north Florida as well as visitors from around the country and the world. For more info go http://www.downtownthomasville.com/?page_id=2