Thomas County sits at the southern edge of Georgia on the border with Florida. It is home to over 45,000 residents and has its county seat in Thomasville. Named for Jett Thomas, a general who served in the War of 1812, Thomasville and Thomas County have hot summers and mild winters and offer a range of historic and cultural activities. With many historic buildings, including the Thomas County Court House (est. 1858), Thomasville is a great place to see some of Georgia’s beautiful Victorian architecture.
“City of Roses”
Thomasville’s ample sunshine has led to a citywide hobby of rose cultivation, with over 1,000 roses planted annually by the city government alone, in addition to those planted by private citizens. Thomasville’s rose culture culminates in the annual Rose Show & Festival, which has run every year since 1922. Roses aren’t the only plants in Thomasville, however; the city also boasts a 300-year-old oak tree known as the Big Oak, which is located in Elizabeth Ireland Poe Park
Small Town, Big Culture
There’s a reason that Thomasville was named one of the ten best historic small towns in the United States by USA Today. With a large farmer’s market and a First Fridays event aptly named “Sip and Stroll,” Thomasville and Thomas County have so much to do, see, and taste that you’ll never be bored. Here, beautiful architecture, rich culture, and southern charm combine to create a small-town experience that is anything but small.