Located in the Red Hills Region of Southwest Georgia, 45 miles west of Valdosta, off I-75 on U.S. Highway 84 and 35 miles northeast of Tallahassee, Florida, on U.S. Highway 319, Thomasville, a.k.a. the “City of Roses,” has a crown jewel downtown historic district with a well-preserved Victorian character and brick-paved streets – and over 80 unique shops: antiques, apparel, books, galleries, fine hunting gear, garden, gifts, home décor, jewelry and more. Over 20 charming eateries are nestled in the historic downtown including Jonah’s Fish and Grits, Liam’s Restaurant and Sweet Grass Dairy, plus bakeries, coffee and ice cream shops. Attractions include historic homes and grand cottages, plantations, museums and Thomasville’s Rose Garden, home to over 1,500 rose bushes in themed beds located on the banks of Cherokee Lake Park. Annual Events include Antiques Show and Sale, Camellia Show, Standard Flower Show, Rose Show & Festival,July 4th Fireworks Show & Festivities, Covey Film Festival, Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival and Victorian Christmas Festival. Lodging options include bed and breakfast inns, 10 brand name chain hotels and Sugar Mill RV Park – a full service 121 site RV park and campground situated on a 54 acre plantation. www.ThomasvilleGA.com.
- Rose Show and Festival, held annually the weekend of the 4th Friday in April
- July 4th Celebrations
- First Fridays, first Friday of the month, April-November
- Victorian Christmas Festival
Fast Facts and Trivia
- Thomasville’s Big Oak is over 300 years old! It features an on-site camera that will take your picture for free.
- A dozen bronze quail are hidden throughout the Downtown area for you to find on a free scavenger hunt. To begin your hunt for the lost quail in downtown Thomasville, stop by the Visitors Center at 144 East Jackson Street inside the Municipal Auditorium Building or visit www.ThomasvilleGA.com.
- Thomasville was designated a Great American Main Street City in 1998, and features over 80 shops and restaurants in its thriving historic Downtown.
- Thomasville was named one of a dozen top places to visit in the USA by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1999.
- The Thomasville Rose Garden is home to over 1,500 unique rose bushes. In addition to the garden, the City of Thomasville maintains over 85 rose beds throughout the city.
- Thomasville was officially declared “Georgia’s Rose City” in January, 2016, and is home to the annual Rose Show and Festival (a tradition since the 1920s).
- Pinetree Boulevard (located in Thomasville) is the oldest perimeter road in the US; it was originally established as a “country drive” for visiting northerners.
- Joanne Woodward, Oscar winning actress and wife of the late Paul Newman, was born in Thomasville on Feb. 27, 1930.
- Thomas County was created in 1825 when a bill was introduced by Thomas Jefferson Johnson, founder of Pebble Hill Plantation. Thomasville was chartered in 1831 and named the county seat.
- 1877: Born into slavery, Henry O. Flipper of Thomasville becomes the first African American graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and the Army’s first black officer of the 10th Calvary, Buffalo Solider regiment.
- WPAX Radio Station in Thomasville is the 3rd oldest station in Georgia and the 20th oldest station in the US. It began airing in 1922.
- The Thomas County Museum of History has the 2nd oldest known private bowling alley in the country, built of heart of pine lumber in 1896.
- 2015: USA Today lists Thomasville as one of 9 Top Sporting Destinations in America.
- 2015: Atlanta Journal Constitution lists Thomasville as one of seven “Charming Georgia Cities to Visit Now!”
- A self-guided walking and driving tour takes visitors on a tour of historic buildings, Victorian era-style homes, and more.