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.
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Historic Downtown Shopping District
Thomasville’s Historic Downtown is a shopper’s dream-come-true, offering dozens of charming retail shops 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 Main Street Office: 229-227-7020
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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The Lapham-Patterson House | 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!
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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!
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.
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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.
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Thomasville Genealogical, History and Fine Arts Library | thomas University Inside the Academic Library | 1501 Millpond Road (By appointment only)
**The Genealogical Library is currently in the process of moving to a new location. They are temporarily located inside Thomas University's Academic Library. Research can still be done, but you must make an appointment. Please contact Kathy to make an appointment at 229-226-9640.**
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.
WPAX Radio Station | 117 Remington Avenue
WPAX 1240 AM Stereo - The Music of Your Life
WTUF 106.3 FM - Classic Country
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.
WPAX 229-226-1240visit WPAX website
WTUF 229-225-1063 Visit WTUF Website
Self-Guided Tour of Historic Thomasville
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!
229-228-7977 Online Self-Guided Tour
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. Our two historic cemeteries showcase sculpture and architecture amidst ancient oaks, spruce and magnolia trees. 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.
229-403-9804 Call or email email@example.com for tour schedules.
To learn more about the on-going project to restore and preserve Thomasville's historic cemeteries, please contact 229-227-7043.