THOMASVILLE, GA

The City of Roses

OUR HISTORY

the beginning

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.

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"WINTER RESORT OF THE SOUTH"

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.

hISTORY AND TRADITION

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.

KEY NUMBERS

111 Victoria Place
Thomasville, GA 31799
thomasville.org

144 E. Jackson Street
Thomasville, GA 31792
229-227-7020 downtownthomasville.com

4788 US 84 Bypass
Thomasville, GA 31792
678-413-8400
dds.ga.gov

AT&T
888-757-6500

300 N. Patterson St
Valdosta, GA 31601
229-671-2579
lowndescounty.com

404 N. Broad Street Ste 101
Thomasville, GA 31792
229-227-0152

401 S Broad Street
Thomasville, GA 31792
229-226-9600 thomasvillechamber.com

116 W. Jefferson Street
Thomasville, GA 31799
229-225-4100
thomascountyboc.org

225 N. Broad St.
Thomasville, GA 31792
229-225-4100

144 E. Jackson Street
Thomasville, GA 31792
229-228-7977
thomasvillega.com

325 N. Madison Street
Thomasville, GA 31799
229-225-4108 thomasclerkofcourt.org

225 N. Broad Street
Thomasville, GA 31792
229-225-4136

GEORGIA POWER
888-655-5888
georgiapower.com

THOMASVILLE NATURAL GAS DEPT
944 Smith Ave
Thomasville, GA 31799
229-227-6989
thomasville.org

GEORGIA NATURAL GAS
877-850-6200

INFINITE ENERGY INC.
877-342-5434

THOMASVILLE SOLID WASTE DEPARTMENT
925 Davenport Drive
Thomasville, GA 31799
229-227-7092
thomasville.org

911 – EMERGENCY
(police, fire and ambulance)

FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
229-247-2292

GEORGIA BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
229-225-4090

GEORGIA STATE PATROL POST 12
229-227-2490

THOMAS COUNTY FIRE DEPT
229-225-4191

THOMASVILLE FIRE DEPT
229-227-7015

THOMASVILLE POLICE DEPT
229-227-3249

THOMAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
229-225-3300

ANIMAL CONTROL/HUMANE SOCIETY
229-228-0613

POISON CONTROL
1-800-222-1222

 

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