Thomasville: Unique History, Elegant Homes, and Southern Hospitality

Overview

Thomas County and its county seat of Thomasville share a history that is surprising and unique and punctuated with ironies large and small. Deep in rural southwest Georgia and only fifty miles from the Gulf of Mexico, Thomasville seems almost typical—an attractive southern town with a dignified, well-designed courthouse. Trains pull slowly past the pleasant, brick-paved streets of a nineteenth-century downtown, and tree-shaded neighborhoods gradually give way to a rolling, red-hill countryside of pine forests ...

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Overview

Thomas County and its county seat of Thomasville share a history that is surprising and unique and punctuated with ironies large and small. Deep in rural southwest Georgia and only fifty miles from the Gulf of Mexico, Thomasville seems almost typical—an attractive southern town with a dignified, well-designed courthouse. Trains pull slowly past the pleasant, brick-paved streets of a nineteenth-century downtown, and tree-shaded neighborhoods gradually give way to a rolling, red-hill countryside of pine forests broken here and there by well-tended fields of cotton, peanuts, and soybeans.

Look a bit closer, however, and one will discover a truly remarkable place—a stunning visual landscape, both natural and man-made, historically populated by a cast of clever and industrious local citizens symbiotically collaborating with wealthy and influential northerners who came south for a visit and stayed for generations.

Thomasville and Thomas County have flourished by successfully adapting to whatever challenges lay before them. Through the efforts of the Thomas County Historical Society and Thomasville Landmarks, Thomasville has become recognized as a leader in state and national preservation efforts. Successes are evidenced not only by signature standards such as the architecturally significant Lapham-Patterson House but also by increasing affordable and attractive housing in lowerprofile neighborhood renovations.

Thomasville: Unique History, Elegant Homes, and Southern Hospitality is a testament to the collective hard work and determination of a great southern city’s will to survive and flourish for generations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780932958303
  • Publisher: Golden Coast Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/15/2014
  • Pages: 240

Meet the Author


William R. Mitchell Jr. was a founding trustee of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and a founding trustee of the Southern Architecture Foundation, Inc. He is a cultural historian, historic preservationist, lecturer, and award-winning author. His many books include monographs on architects such as Neel Reid, James Means, Edward Vason Jones, and Keith Summerour. Van Jones Martin began documenting southern architecture in 1972 for the Georgia Historical Commission. For more than twenty-five years, he was the photographer for the Beehive Press series, The Architecture of the Old South. He is the founder and publisher of Golden Coast Publishing Company. Jim Lockhart is a photographer for the State of Georgia Historic Preservation Division and has documented more than two thousand nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. His career spans thirty years; his architecture has been featured in numerous publications; and in 2002 he was presented an Honor Award from AIA Georgia for his contributions to the architectural profession and to historic preservation.
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