It’s what we hear all the time– "We had no idea there was so much to see and do in Thomasville!”
If that’s what you’re thinking, you’re right. No matter what your interest, there is something for you in Thomasville! Take a tour through one of our historical museums, visit a magnificent plantation, shop and dine in our award-winning downtown, connect with nature and our list goes on! You will also find that Thomasville is certainly all about history and you will love strolling through our main historic districts to see over seventy historic locations with our Self-Guided Tour of Historic Thomasville.
All Saints Episcopal Church
443 South Hansell Street
One of the most beautiful historic churches in the region, All Saints was actually built in 1881 as Saint Augustine Roman Catholic Church. It also has the distinction as the church where Jacqueline Kennedy attended mass during a six week private retreat to a Thomasville plantation following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. In the early 1980s, the church was saved from demolition, moved to its present site in the Tockwotton Historic District and re-consecrated as an Episcopal Church. Visitors are welcome for self-guided tours Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The church is closed on Friday afternoons during the summer months.
Number 34 on the Self-Guided Tour of Historic Thomasville.
Corner of Crawford and Monroe Streets
A must for every visitor is a stop at Thomasville's oldest and most cherished natural landmark, The Big Oak. This massive Southern Live Oak (Quercus virginiana) grew from a tiny acorn beginning around 1685 and is one of the original members (#49) of the Live Oak Society, enrolled in 1936. Now over 325 years old, the Big Oak has a limb span of over 165 feet and a trunk circumference of over 26 feet! President Eisenhower was so impressed with the Big Oak that he personally photographed it during one of his frequent visits to Thomasville! Interestingly, the fern that grows along its branches does not hurt the tree and is called the 'resurrection' fern because it appears dead until a rain causes it to turn immediately to a lush green.
A perfect addition to your photo album of your trip to Thomasville is a picture of you with the majestic Big Oak taken by the Big Oak Cam. Your picture will be loaded to the Internet for viewing, downloading and emailing to friends and family!
To use the Big Oak Cam just follow these simple instructions:
1. Stand in front of the tree behind the white sign and dial 229-236-0053 on your cell phone. (Regular cell phone charges apply.)
2. Look at the camera on the telephone pole across the street and follow the instructions you hear on your cell phone and strike a pose!
3. Find your picture online at www.thomasvillega.com/bigoak!
Birdsong Nature Center
2106 Meridian Road
800-953-2476 or 229-377-4408
Birdsong Nature Center, a living museum and conservation education center, is the perfect setting for visitors to enjoy the natural beauty and wildlife of the Southwest Georgia region. Twelve miles of Nature Trails provide a casual hiking experience and opportunity to explore a variety of habitats, including wildfower meadows, forests, ponds and swamps, that are a haven to birds and other wildlife. Throughout the Center there are special places for visitors to relax and observe nature and wildlife, such as the extraordinary Bird Window, Butterfly Garden and the Listening Place at Big Bay Swamp. Birdsong hosts many guided walks and nature events throughout the year. Open Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Sunday, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Admission: $5 Adults, $2.50 Children (4 - 12 years)
Historic Downtown Shopping District
Area of Jackson Street and Broad Street
Thomasville Main Street Office ~ 229-227-7020
Thomasville’s Historic Downtown is a shopper’s dream-come-true, offering dozens of charming retail shops, antiques, and restaurants. Our award-winning Main Street Program has spurred the rehabilitation of numbers of downtown buildings and has been a catalyst for hundreds of new businesses. 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. 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 brick-paved streets lend an old-world feel to the bustling shopping district, which draws visitors from around the country and the world. Our downtown prides itself on its excellent service, quality of merchandise, convenient free parking, and home-spun atmosphere.
Visit Website ~ The site has a Directory of all the great shops and restaurants you'll find in Downtown Thomasville!
Many of the historic buildings of downtown can be found in the Downtown section of the Self-Guided Tour of Historic Thomasville.
Jack Hadley Black History Museum
214 Alexander Street
Thomasville’s First Black History Museum was established to educate individuals about the history and culture of African Americans, locally and nationally. Historian, James “Jack” Hadley has preserved over 3,000 pieces of artifacts that commemorate the lives and accomplishments of Thomasville’s first black achievers, as well as state and national level achievers. See collectible artifacts and exhibits such as: Buffalo Soldiers & Tuskegee Airmen, Black Slavery & Africa, African-American Life on the Southern Hunting Plantations, Lt. Henry O. Flipper – the first black graduate of West Point, and much more! The Thomasville Black Heritage Trail Tour booklet is also available at the Museum. Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM - Closed Monday and Holidays. Admission: $5 Adult, $3 Children & College Students, $4 Senior Citizens
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626 North Dawson Street
A National Historic Landmark, the Lapham-Patterson House is a remarkable monument to the imagination, creative engineering, and craftsmanship of the Victorian Era. Known after its construction in 1885 as "Mr. Lapham's Whimsy", visitors to the house soon find that it is indeed an extraordinary home. This Queen Anne style home is characterized by its unusual asymmetric construction with no square or rectangular rooms, a stairway with a cantilevered balcony that wraps around a double flue chimney, and its unique safety features and 'modern' conveniences of the time. Along with the great features of the house, you'll also learn the interesting story of the residents of this most amazing 'winter cottage'! Come take a tour!
The Lapham-Patterson House is operated by the Thomas County Historical Society and open for tours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (see schedule below). Group tours may be scheduled by appointment. Admission is $5.00, Adults and $1, Students (6-18). For further information contact the Thomas County Museum of History, 229-226-7664 or email@example.com.
Fridays, 1 PM - 5 PM
Saturdays, 10 AM - 5 PM
Tours begin at the top of every hour and the last tour begins at 4 PM.
The Lapham-Patterson House is also available for special events, such as teas, luncheons, small weddings, meetings, etc., call for rates and information!
For more information on this extraordinary site, visit Georgia Department of Natural Resources - State Parks & Historic Sites.
Number 55 on the Self-Guided Tour of Historic Thomasville.
Pebble Hill Plantation
1251 US Highway 319 South
A place of quiet beauty and architectural grandeur, Pebble Hill Plantation is a living museum that provides visitors a glimpse into the genteel life of the southern sporting plantation of yesteryear. Take a leisurely stroll through the extensive grounds on a self-guided tour to view the plantation's scenic landscape and explore the many service buildings that surround the Main House. Visit the garage with antique automobiles and the stables that house Pebble Hill's beloved horses and vintage carriages. Take a guided tour of the magnificent Main House that includes an extensive collection of artwork by renowned sporting and nature artists and a vast collection of original antique furnishings that is sure to amaze. Whether your interest is history, art, antiques, or natural outdoor beauty, you will find it all at Pebble Hill! Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, and Sunday, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM. Last Main House Tour begins at 3:45 PM Daily. Closed Mondays. Admission: Plantation Admission - $5 Adults, $2 Children (2 - 12 years); Main House Tour - $15 Adults, $6 Children (6 - 12 years, Children must be 6 years old to tour Main House)
Power of the Past Museum
882 Airport Road (Off GA Hwy 122/Pavo Road)
The Power of the Past Museum, located at the Thomasville Regional Airport, is home to the extraordinary personal collection of aircraft engines and aviation memorabilia of the James Dekle Family of Thomasville. Started in the 1960s, the collection now includes some of the oldest and rarest engines in existence, hundreds of items of aviation memorabilia and even a couple of fully restored antique airplanes, like the 1931 RNF WACO biplane and 'barnstormer' called the "City of Roses" pictured here. Visit the Power of the Past website for more information and to view some of the interesting pieces in the collection. A great time visit the museum is during the Thomasville Fly-In held annually the second weekend of October at the Thomasville Airport! Open Saturday, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM and Sunday, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM, and during the week by appointment. Visitors should always call ahead to make sure the museum is open. Admission Free, Donations Welcome.
Thomas County Museum of History
725 North Dawson Street
Step into the fascinating past of Thomasville at the Thomas County Museum of History where you'll learn how this charming, small town became the original 'Winter Resort of the South' or how the county's antebellum cotton plantations were transformed into magnificent hunting and sporting retreats. In addition to the museum's extensive collection of historic photographs, documents and artifacts, visitors can tour five, fully appointed, historic buildings on the museum grounds that offer visitors an intimate glimpse into the daily lives of Thomasvillians through time. Open Monday - Saturday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Closed on Sunday. Admission: $5 Adult, $1 Student
Number 59 on the Self-Guided Tour of Historic Thomasville.
Thomasville Genealogical, History and Fine Arts Library
135 North Broad Street
For visitors interested in family history and research, Thomasville's Genealogical Library is the perfect place to start. Its collection is one of the largest resource depositories in the region and contains an impressive variety of records, indexes and family histories with a major emphasis on the southeastern states. The Library also houses comprehensive collections of local interest, such as The Hopkins and Singletary Collections. You will also find the Fine Arts Library and reading area that includes a variety of high-quality, large format art books. Open Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
Number 3 on the Self-Guided Tour of Historic Thomasville.
Thomasville Rose Garden
Corner of Smith Avenue and Covington Avenue
Thomasville, known as the City of Roses, has a long rosarian history and nowhere is this more evident than at the Thomasville Rose Garden. The City of Thomasville maintains a stunning variety of over 500 rose bushes that burst into bloom each spring just in time for the Annual Rose Show and Festival in April! Visitors to the garden will find charming gazebos to relax and take in the dazzling sight and sweet aroma of Thomasville's favorite flower. The garden is a favorite spot for a wedding and provides the perfect backdrop for photographers. Adjacent to the Rose Garden is Cherokee Lake Park, a beautiful recreation area with a playground and walking trail that encircles the lake. Visit our Parks page to learn more about Thomasville Parks and how to reserve your favorite spot for your very special event!
WPAX Radio Station
WPAX 1240 AM Stereo ~ The Music of Your Life
WTUF 106.3 FM ~ Classic Country
117 Remington Avenue
WPAX 229-226-1240, WTUF 229-225-1063
Radio aficionados, communications students and general history buffs will find the WPAX Radio Station a fascinating stop on their visit to Thomasville. This modest station is the 20th oldest in the United States, the 3rd oldest in Georgia and has been on the air continuously since 1922! If you would like to tune in and listen, WPAX broadcasts a warm and mellow mixture of everything from Adult Contemporary to the Big Band Era. For country music fans, the station also airs the Classic Country FM station, WTUF. You're welcome to stop in and meet the DJ (the station's owner), listen to a few tunes and see the photographs taken through the years of some very famous guests.
Number 11 on the Self-Guided Tour of Historic Thomasville.
Thomasville Visitors Center
Thomasville is a unique town full of historic homes and buildings, many of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This tour will guide you through Thomasville’s historic districts where you will see a variety of architectural styles dating from the 1800s.You will notice historic markers on buildings and homes that tell you the year of construction and the original business or family that occupied the structure. Many of the homes you will see are private residences and are not open to the public. While we must respect the owner’s privacy, feel free to admire the outside structure. The tour length is approximately 4.3 miles and depending on your stamina, you may wish to break down the tour into smaller, shorter segments. We hope you enjoy your peek into the past through this tour of Historic Thomasville!
The Self-Guided Tour of Historic Thomasville and accompanying map is printed in the Thomasville Visitors Guide.
Thomasville's Historic Cemeteries
The Old Cemetery and the Flipper Cemetery
Corner of Madison Street and Webster Street
Located just minutes from our historic downtown are two quiet treasures that offer an intriquing glimpse of Thomasville's rich past. In the Old Cemetery and the Flipper Cemetery, you can visit the final resting places of many early settlers and noted citizens. Names of familiar streets and historic buildings are easily found in the Old Cemetery such as Remington, Smith, Love, Warren and Mitchell. In the Flipper Cemetery, African-American families and dignitaries such as Lt. Henry Ossian Flipper (West Point's first black graduate), Walton, Gibson and Davies are quite prominent.
Our two historic cemeteries showcase sculpture and architecture amidst ancient oaks, spruce and magnolia trees. Spend an hour or two exploring the Old Cemetery or Flipper Cemetery on your own, or with a knowledgeable tour guide. Come learn about the families that laid the foundation for the Thomasville we enjoy today!
Guided Tours Available: Enjoy an elightening walking tour of the historic cemeteries with Wiregrass Walks. Resident and tourists will be captivated by stories that come to life during this delightful, hour-long tour. Contact 229-403-9804 or firstname.lastname@example.org for tour schedules.
To learn more about the on-going project to restore and preserve Thomasville's historic cemeteries, please contact 229-227-7043.