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The City of Thomasville’s Main Street is truly worth the trip. You can live history as you stroll back in time on brick-paved streets while viewing beautifully preserved architecture embellishing downtown storefronts. Walk to over 70 unique retail shops and eat at any of Thomasville’s fine or casual dining restaurants where many ingredients are farm fresh. Make plans to attend Main Street’s Victorian Christmas which is a “Top Twenty Event in the Southeastern United States” and the Rose Show and Festival which is held on the fourth weekend in April.

Downtown Thomasville is progressive with Wi-Fi accessible cafes and eclectic with numerous antique and unique shops. You can visit art galleries, theatre and locally owned book stores. In downtown Thomasville, you can dine on international cuisine and attend performances by acclaimed artists and performers from around the world! Come experience all of this and more within Downtown Thomasville’s 21 blocks where parking is always free and providing good ole’ southern hospitality is our pleasure.

The commitment and support of Thomasville’s residents, business owners and other public/private partnerships continue to position Downtown Thomasville for future growth development. Downtown Thomasville is “Open for Business” being the perfect location for business start-ups, expansions and corporate relocations. Having a sound infrastructure is vital to economic growth and in 2012, the City of Thomasville in partnership with the Department of Transportation engaged a major Transportation Enhancement Project in downtown. Overhead utilities were placed underground, historic lighting, trees, garbage receptacles and benches were installed. The sidewalk was expanded with brick enhancements, irrigation and electrical outlets in tree wells. Buildings that have been vacant for years are being sold, downtown businesses are expanding and other properties are on the market - some of which can be live/work properties or business/rental units.

Main Street’s Downtown Development Authority

Main Street’s Downtown Development Authority in partnership with the Department of Community Affairs aggressively seeks properties to redevelop, resulting in structurally significant rehabilitations, historical preservation, job retention and job creation. The Main Street Program also administers a Facade Grant Program to assist property and business owners with facade restoration.

Downtown Thomasville is the perfect place for you to live, work and play! As our guest, we’re here to serve you. For more information, please visit our Office of Main Street and Tourism located at 144 East Jackson Street, visit our website at www.thomasvillega.com, call 229.228.7977, or call toll free 866.577.3600. Or, visit our Main Street website at www.downtownthomasville.com or call 229.227.7020.

Southern Land

Pebble Hill Plantation has been called a Georgia Belle. This stately architectural beauty stands proudly amid the magnolias and long leaf pines of southwest Georgia. A visit is sure to result in a memorable experience for all who enter the Plantation’s gates.

Thomas Jefferson Johnson, who authored the bill to create Thomas County, established the property as a cotton plantation in 1825. A prosperous agricultural site throughout the antebellum period, it survived the difficult years of the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Pebble Hill’s modern history began in the late 1800s when Thomasville was enjoying popularity as a winter resort community. Wealthy northerners were drawn to this area. The Hannas of Cleveland, Ohio were among those who discovered the merits of this “Yankee paradise.”

Industrialist Howard Melville Hanna purchased Pebble Hill in 1896, and soon gave the property to his daughter, Kate Hanna Ireland (later Harvey). When the Main House burned in 1934, she directed construction of the present House in 1936.

That same year, her daughter, Elisabeth Ireland (later Poe), inherited the plantation. After her death, Pebble Hill opened as a museum in 1983. Today, it is owned and operated by the Pebble Hill Foundation that she established and endowed. The property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been featured on “America’s Castles” on the Arts and Entertainment television channel. Pebble Hill welcomes some 25,000 visitors a year.

Pebble Hill Plantation covers 3,000 acres, and the rooms of the Main House include sporting art, Audubon prints and handsome antiques. The site has welcomed notable guests including United States presidents and British royalty. Pebble Hill is a Georgia belle, and a premiere attraction in southwest Georgia.

FUN FACTS ABOUT THOMASVILLE, GEORGIA

Fun Facts

• Joanne Woodward, Oscar-winning actress and wife of actor Paul Newman, made her acting debut on the old East Side School (now the Thomasville Cultural Center).

• Thomasville native Lt. Henry O. Flipper was the first black graduate of West Point in 1877. He is buried in Thomasville in The Old Cemetery next to his mother and father.

• The oldest perimeter road in the United States is Pinetree Boulevard. It was established as a “country drive” for visiting Northerners who wintered in Thomasville. It is situated 2.5 miles from the center of town.

• Famous and wealthy people are connected to Thomasville – including the Vanderbilts, the Goodyears, the Rockefellers, and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

• Jacqueline Kennedy chose to stay on a Thomasville plantation following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in November of 1963. Arriving in February 1964, she was the guest of Mrs. John Hay Whitney of Greenwood Plantation.

• There are 71 plantations in and around Thomas County. It is the largest concentration of its kind in the United States. The plantations cover some 300,000 acres, and are mostly owned by family descendants.

• Several presidents visited Thomasville. William McKinley was introduced to southern Republican leaders in the Hanna-McKinley House (c.1883) during his 1895 bid for the presidency. He returned as president in 1899. Dwight Eisenhower teed up numerous times at the Glen Arven Country Club. Several presidents and vice-presidents have enjoyed hunting on local plantations.

• Thomasville is home to the Big Oak (c.1680), a massive and majestic tree with a limb span of 162 feet. Its age and beauty make it a living treasure of our city’s heritage. e Thomasville’s oldest mercantile is Jerger-Johnson Jewelers, established in 1857. Its current location at 130 S. Broad Street was built in 1881 and still contains the original cabinets and old safe. The cabinets were custom-made in Cincinnati for the store’s grand opening.

• The Mitchell House Hotel, Thomasville’s Grand Hotel era, extended a full block of downtown. Today it offers retail, elegant condominium and loft space.

• WPAX Radio Station (c.1920) is the third oldest station in Georgia and the 20th oldest station in the nation. The original broadcasting range reached as far away as Australia (having no other signal interference at the time).

• The State Farmers Market (c.1930) on Smith Avenue is the second largest fresh-produce market in the southeast.

• Thomas County and its neighbors are located in the coastal plains region of Georgia. The soil in the area is some of the most fertile in the world. During the Civil War, it served as the breadbasket of the Confederacy, and is still highly agricultural today.

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