Category Archives: Thomasville GA

Buster Brown Shoes Sign, Thomasville

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I’m told that the sign has been removed as of 2016.

Thomasville Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Mitchell House Hotel, 1886, Thomasville

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While many towns and cities have lost their historic hotels, Thomasville is fortunate to retain the Mitchell House, a remnant of the 1880s tourist boom which helped make the city what it is today. A renovation was completed around 2009 which features street-level shops and restaurants, as well as luxury condominiums on the upper floors.

Thomasville Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Upchurch Building, 1917, Thomasville

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Built as a mixed-use office building by J. W. Upchurch, this structure was home to many doctors, dentists and lawyers over the years. It was also known as the Business Exchange. For a time it was also home to the National Weather Bureau. Ron Stevens recalls: Before I began a career in the National Weather Service, as a kid I would ride my bike to the Upchurch Building and go to the old Weather Bureau office there…and hang out. The two employees there would let me walk on the roof and get readings from the weather instruments there. The view was wonderful, down to Florida. Before the Weather Bureau closed in Thomasville, they spent the final year or two at the new “Federal Building”, but it was never as special or memorable as my visits to the Upchurch Building in the ’60s.

Thomasville Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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The Big Oak, Circa 1680, Thomasville

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Perhaps the most famous landmark in Thomasville, the Big Oak (Live Oak Quercus virginiana) is thought to be around 330 years old. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, a frequent visitor to Thomas County’s hunting plantations and a photography buff himself, once had his driver stop at the tree while he made a picture from a neighboring front porch.

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Gable Front House, Thomasville

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Dawson Street Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Lapham-Patterson House, 1885, Thomasville

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Built by Tudor Rommerdal as a winter resort for Chicago shoe manufacturer C. W. Lapham, this house was sold in 1905 to the James G. Patterson family, who lived here until 1970. After being operated by the state for many years, it’s now in the able hands of the Thomas County Historical Society. It’s available for rentals and tours.

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National Historic Landmark, National Register of Historic Places

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