The City of Roses

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Fun Fact

Thomasville is home to the Big Oak, a massive live oak tree that has a limb span of 162 feet — two feet wider than Niagara Falls is deep. It is 68 feet tall and has a trunk circumference of 24 feet. This massive Southern Live Oak grew from a tiny acorn and is now close to 400 years old!


Our History

Thomas County, located in southwest Georgia and bordering Florida, was formed in 1825 by legislation introduced by Thomas J. Johnson, owner-builder of Pebble Hill Plantation. One year later, on December 22, 1826, a location was established for the new county seat, Thomasville. The city and county are believed to have been named for Major General Jett Thomas, a member of the State Militia during the war of 1812.

As the terminus for the railroad, Thomasville was accessible from the north and, during the late 1800s, became known as the “Winter Resort of the South.” In the beginning of this era, Northerners and other visitors came to Thomasville for their health, breathing the pine-scented air as a curative for pulmonary ailments. They were soon joined by friends to enjoy hunting, fishing, and an active social life, including golf, horse racing, and bicycling. Thomasville came to represent the best of Southern hospitality with the lavishness of the resort lifestyle.

Thomasville’s luxurious hotels regularly hosted America’s wealthiest families as their guests. Once discovered that it cost less to purchase land than rent hotel rooms, these wealthy families bought property and built grand Victorian mansions and plantation homes. Many of these plantations are still owned by the families who built them and are visited year round. Many of the “winter cottages” built during the 1880s have been restored through efforts of Thomasville Landmarks Inc., and Thomasville citizens.

Although the grand hotel era ended with the extension of the railroad into southern Florida, Thomasville and Thomas County have continued the area’s long-standing tradition of cultural and economic diversity. There is a rich heritage in Thomas County, and the community works hard to guard and preserve its history and tradition.

In January 2016, Thomasville was officially designated as the state’s “Rose City” during Tourism Day at the Capitol. Georgia Representative Darlene Taylor, Georgia Representative Amy Carter, Georgia Representative Sam Watson and Georgia Senator Dean Burke worked with City of Thomasville staff to establish the designation.

Key Numbers

Animal Control

Thomas County Animal Shelter/Humane Society

Driver Services

Department of Driver Services
4788 US 84 Bypass
Thomasville, GA 31792

City & County Services

Thomas County Tax Office
225 N. Broad Street
Thomasville, GA 31792
City of Thomasville
111 Victoria Place
Thomasville, GA 31799

City of Thomasville Main Street Office
144 E. Jackson Street
Thomasville, GA 31792

Thomasville-Thomas County Chamber of Commerce
401 S Broad Street
Thomasville, GA 31792

Thomas County Board of Commissioners
116 W. Jefferson Street
Thomasville, GA 31799

Thomas County Courthouse
225 N. Broad Street
Thomasville, GA 31792

Thomas County Clerk of Court
325 N. Madison Street
Thomasville, GA 31799


Georgia Power

FBI (Non-Emergency)

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Fire (Non-Emergency)

Thomas County Fire Department

Thomasville Fire Department

GBI (Non-Emergency)

Georgia Bureau of Investigation

Natural Gas

Thomasville Natural Gas Department
944 Smith Ave
Thomasville, GA 31799

Georgia Natural Gas Services

Infinite Energy Inc

Poison Control

Central Line

Police (Non-Emergency)

Thomas County Sheriffs Office
Georgia State Patrol Post 12
Thomasville Police Department

Post Office

Quitman Post Office
404 N. Broad Street Ste. 101
Thomasville, GA 31792

Visitor’s Center

Thomasville Visitor’s Center
144 E. Jackson Street
Thomasville, GA 31792