Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Historic Homes in Thomasville, Georgia

We recently visited the charming little South Georgia town of Thomasville, Georgia.  In previous posts we visited several interesting and historic places in the Thomasville area.

If you get a chance to visit this little Southern town it is very helpful to stop by the Visitor's Center to pick up a Visitor's Guide.  The Guide was helpful to us in identifying many of the historic old houses in the area.

The Guide told us we would see a variety of architectural styles dating back from the 1800s.  Some of the old homes have historic markers that tell you the year of construction and the original family who occupied the home.  Many of these historical homes are private residences now.

Come along with us as we travel back in time to the 1800s and see some of the charming old historical homes in Thomasville.

We began our drive down Dawson Street.

There is an inviting little park on the corner of Dawson Street and Thomasville Road.

There were many homes in the area not listed in the Visitor's Guide and this was one of them.

In the below photo we see the Stevens-Butler House. 
This home was given to the original owners as a wedding gift  in the 1870s.

Ainsworth House.
This home in the below photo was built in 1882 by H.V. Ainsworth, one of the largest livery stable owners in town.  Not being completely sure what a livery stable is, or was, I looked it up ... A livery stable is where horses  and vehicles are kept for hire and where stabling was provided.    I think of the modern day taxi service as a possible comparison.

According to the Visitor's Guide,  northerners would arrive by train and the livery stable would be contacted to provide first class delivery for these welcomed visitors.

Balfour House
R.C. Balfour owned the Pearl Saloon in Downtown Thomasville back in the 1800s.

James Watt House
James Watt owned a hardware store in Thomasville and several others in surrounding communities.  He is believed to be the first hardware chain store owner in Georgia and possibly the nation.

Reese House
Built approximately 1885.

B. P. Walker House
Built in 1884.

Seixas House
This cottage was built in 1835 and is the oldest one-story home in Thomasville.

Hawkins House
This home was built in 1891 and is typical Victorian style.

Ball House
This was one of the first private residences in town to have city plumbing.

Royal Miller House
 This Colonial Revival home was built in 1903.

Pittman House
This home was built in 1888 in what is called the typical Victorian style.  Very few changes have been made to this home from it's original design.  Five generations of the Pittman family have lived in this home.

Brown-Cooper House
This home was built for the Brown family back in 1885.

This home is located on one of the main streets running through town.  As we drive through town during our travels I often notice this home because there is a sign out front advertizing a "Palm Reader."   

It is a good thing we were almost finished with our sightseeing adventure,  because it looked like the rain clouds were rapidly approaching. I wanted to try to capture these beautiful clouds with my camera.  Mother Nature can be so beautiful.

In the below photo you can see the rain drops dripping from the sign.

The Paxton House
This home was built in 1884 as a winter residence for Col. J.W. Paxton of Wheeling, WV.

The Paxton House is what is called a fine example of Victorian Gothic architecture.

The Paxton House was completely restored in 1997 and today this home is a 
popular bed-and-breakfast inn.

That concludes our visit to the charming little Southern town of Thomasville, Georgia.   I loved taking my camera and trying to capture some of the charm and sights in this small South Georgia town. 

There were many more beautiful old homes all over town.  Next time we travel back to Thomasville I will take my camera and try to capture photos of additional old historical homes.

I hope you enjoyed sightseeing along with us and we wish you many blessings on this third Tuesday in September.

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