Last Call for Book Underwriters!


book coverLandmarks and The Thomas County Historical Society invite you to demonstrate your commitment to preserving and promoting Thomas County’s heritage as an underwriter of this stunning book celebrating the architecture of our area!


As an underwriter, you will receive:
  • Prominent recognition as an underwriter on one of the first pages of the book
  • Special edition volume(s) with slipcover, signed by the author and photographers
  • Recognition and invitation to a celebratory book signing party

Deadline for underwriter recognition is Friday June 13, 2014

Thank you to our generous underwriters for their support of this project!

John Wind Level
Mrs. Diane W. Parker

John A. Wood Level
Flowers Foods, Inc.
The W.H. Flowers Foundation

Abram Garfield Level
Gilbert P. Shafer, III
MNW Fund of The Williams Family Foundation of Georgia
The Parker Poe Charitable Trust

Tudor Rommerdall Level
Margaret P. and Langdon S. Flowers Fund
Dr. and Mrs. Douglas C. McPherson
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Rich
Gordon E. Speed and Douglas W. Speed
Thomasville National Bank

Milton Grigg Level
Commercial Bank
Marilynn and Randy Rhea
Kimberly Sponaugle, South Eden Plantation
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Weller, Jr.
CNS and City of Thomasville

Delano & Aldrich Level
Archbold Medical Center
Bryant Beadles, Balfour Lumber Company
Mr. and Mrs. Mark A. Cobb
Mrs. Robert P. Crozer
Sharon Maxwell Ferguson and Howell Ferguson
Andrea and Chip Hancock
Melissa and Vic McMillan
Bill Raiford
Mr. and Mrs. Sam Scovil, III
Mrs. John F. Watkins
Mr. and Mrs. John F. Wood

Hubbell & Benes Level
Mr. and Mrs. Joe E. Beverly
Mr. and Mrs. A. Neil Crawford, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Page Crozer, Jr.
Mr. William Flowers Crozer
Downtown Thomasville, Inc.
Pebble Hill Foundation
Robert R. Jinright, Jr.
Lorilee Medders
Mr. and Mrs. Michael O. Olsen
Laura and Mike Shea
Mary Kathryn Sibley
Laurie and Tom Simmons
Stanley F. Smith
Rep. Darlene K. Taylor and Family
Claire and J.K. Thomas

Edward G. Reed Level
Rachel and Frank Beverly
Charnie and Max Beverly
Jane “Sugar” Blount
Dr. and Mrs. William Z. Bridges
Margaret and Trip Brock
Theresa and Joe Brown
Chubb Associates, Ltd. Realtors
Margaret and Oscar Cook
Marthalene Davis
Mr. and Mrs. Jay Flowers
Kathleen Vignos Folsom
Mrs. Louise Mitchell Golden
Susan B. Haberkorn
Dr. and Mrs. Ed Hall
Mr. and Mrs. G. Thomas Harrison
Dr. and Mrs. Charles E. Hancock
Michael N. Herndon
Dr. and Mrs. W. Merrill Hicks, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Jacob K. Higgs
Judy and Bill Hoskin
Mr. and Mrs. C. Bradford Jackson
Mr. and Mrs. Frederick D. Jefferson
Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Jinright, Sr.
Ms. Randy Jones in honor of Peggy and Scott Rich
Melinda and Edward Katz
Mary Lawrence and Ashley Lang
Mary Lawrence and Ashley Lang in honor of Lee Alexander Webb
Mr. and Mrs. Roy M. Lilly, Jr.
Celia and Allen Lockerman
Kha Thomas McDonald
Ann Gravely McKinnon
Connie Middleton
Mrs. F. Richard Miller
Janell and Mickey Miller
Penny and Cary Newman
Office of Main Street and Tourism
Mr. and Mrs. Michael O. Olsen
Olson Architects, Inc.
Jinanne B. and Robert H. Parrish
Mieke and Scott Rich, Jr.
Joan and Tim Rounds
Mr. and Mrs. F. Adam Rowland
Mr. Brent Runyon
Sandi Shaw & Mark Anderson
Dr. and Mrs. Felix Sibley, Jr.
Mrs. Terrell Singletary
Dr. Terry Smith
Michael J. Stephenson
Mr. and Mrs. S. Brent Taylor
Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Turner, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard S. Vann
Drs. Brandi and Jesse Warren
Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Watt, III
Mr. and Mrs. Wylie Watt, Jr.
Charlie Howard Whitney
Mrs. Sabrina Williams
Mrs. Frank E. Williams
Dr. and Mrs. Darryl Lee Webb
Lee Alexander Webb in honor of Haile and Ben McCollum

2014 Annual Meeting To Be Held on June 17, 2014

Join us for our Annual Meeting  June 17,2014

Join us for our Annual Meeting June 17,2014

Kentucky Derby Party 2014!

Derby for website

Online sales are closed, please purchase tickets at the door.

Join us on May 3, 2014 from 5:30- 11:00 as we celebrate the 140th Kentucky Derby with an evening of dinner, drinks, and dancing at Pebble Hill’s Uno Barn. Tickets start at just $75 and are partially tax-deductible. All sponsors receive recognition on Sponsor Posters at the event .

Boston Historic Tour April 13, 2013

Mark your calendar for the historic tour of Boston, Georgia — Saturday, April 13, 2013

Boston will be showing why it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places by opening landmark buildings to the public on Saturday, April 13, 2013. The tour will include four homes, a loft apartment, two churches, the 1875 Old Town Hall’s jail cells, and the 1914 Carnegie library.

Local quilt groups, inspired by Thomasville's Flaunt 2012: Upcycle/Downtown Yarn Bombing, are busy making quilt block banners and signs to hang in Boston to promote the tour.  Some of the quilters are also loaning antique quilts for display that day. The Carnegie Library, part of the Thomas County library system, will show vintage photos of the town and showcase books on quilting.  

In the past three months several new businesses have opened in the historic downtown district including three interior shops, a second-hand store, a photography studio, Thomas Drug Stores and the Boston Family Care Clinic. There has also been an upturn in home sales and apartment rentals. Activities such as art parties, Yoga, Zumba, and quilters meetings are attracting new visitors to the old downtown area.

Noting all this initiative to restore vitality and preserve the past, Thomasville Landmarks honored the city of Boston for the establishment of its historic preservation commission at its 2011 annual meeting. Money raised from this tour will be administered by Landmarks for the preservation Boston’s Old Town Hall, circa 1875. This old brick building, currently housing the police department, is in urgent need of restoration. 

Historic Tour tickets are now on sale. The cost is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Advance tickets will be available at Landmarks' office and at Boston’s City Hall until April 5.  Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information call Sandi Shaw at (816) 309-5131.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at Landmarks' office.

Summer Program for Teachers

We are now accepting applications for our 2013 Heritage Education Summer Workshop for Educators.

2013 Workshop Registration

2013 Workshop Schedule

By popular request, as space allows,  current 2013 Landmarks Members are also invited to participate in this program.  Experience local historic attractions, guest speakers and interesting workshops on architecture, genealogy, environmental stewardship and more.  You may come for a day or the whole week.  Day rate is $15 per Member or $50 per Member for the week (as always, there is no charge for teachers).  Cost includes entry fees and materials.  Members can email us for more details or to be put on the waiting list.



2012 Membership Picnic on Myrtle Drive

Our 2012 Membership Picnic on the 200 Block of Myrtle Drive, in the Glenwood National Historic District, attracted over 200 Members and their guests. Attendees enjoyed touring six homes built between 1926 and 1945. The Glenwood District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009 and is the only historic district in Thomas County that was developed entirely within the twentieth century.

The Landmarks Annual Membership Picnic took on a new format last year, with a neighborhood block party on Warren Avenue. This year the group moved to Thomasville’s first planned garden suburb and its newest historic district. The homes represented several styles, including Tudor Revival, English Vernacular Revival, Minimal Traditional and Spanish Revival. Two were designed by Architect S. Ralph Fetner, a relative of the Fred Scott family. Another, the “Joe A. Beutell House,” was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991 and designed by Architect Russell L. Beutell. The owners of each house graciously permitted guests to freely enjoy the architectural details, craftsmanship and materials of the era.

Residents and visitors to the area can glean a great deal of information about Thomasville’s development and relative prosperity during trying times in our country’s history. For example, each of the six homes on tour were built just before The Great Depression or World War II. They are all occupied by only the third or fourth generation of owners, which says something about the people who choose Glenwood as their home. And each house has undergone minimal significant changes over its lifetime, evidence of a strong architectural design, good building materials and TLC. According to Brent Runyon, Executive Director of Landmarks, “the neighborhood is one of the most beautiful in Thomasville when you take into account the design of both the buildings, the rose-planted triangles and the curving streets. It’s one of a kind.”

Landmarks also used the event to raise funds for a bronze historic district marker. Local individuals and businesses donated items for a raffle, which raised over $1400. The cost of the historic marker is being shared by Landmarks and The Thomasville Town Committee, National Society Of Colonial Dames of America in the State of Georgia, with installation provided by the City of Thomasville. Landmarks intends to erect a marker for each of Thomas County’s twelve historic districts over the next few years. Donations toward markers can be made by contacting Landmarks at 229-226-6016 or

The event was made possible by our many homeowners, volunteers and sponsors.

Click on the photos below to see them in full. For high-res versions, contact our office.

Derby 2012 Goof Booth Photos

Thank you to everyone who came out and supported our Derby Party.

It was a great time!  Click here to see.

Look for a full report on our Derby Party coming soon!

Special thanks to Elle Golden Photography for these fun Goof Booth photos.


2011 Award Winners Presented at 2012 Annual Meeting

Congratulations to Our 2011 Preservation Awards Winners!

On January 26, the 2011 Preservation Awards were announced at our Annual Meeting.  Here are before and after pictures of our Award Winners.  Following the pictures, you will find more information on each of the winners.  To see pictures from the 2012 Annual Meeting, click here.


301 Park Avenue – Honoree June White restored the house at 301 Park Avenue, which was the family home of Pete and Hazel DeSantis, for many years. Built in the 1920s, it retains its characteristic Bungalow form and Arts & Crafts stylistic elements.

311 N Dawson Street – Billie Jo Beverly & Michael Hanna, of Trio Therapy Services, were honored for their rehabilitation of 311 North Dawson Street, the 1966 Gulf Life Insurance Building. Built by Terrell Singletary, Mr. Hanna's father-in-law, it was restored by Billie Jo's husband, Phillip, and father, Billy Register.

1101 Wright  - Evelyn Coleman restored the home at 1101 Wright Street, where her widowed mother raised seven children, in honor of the strength of her mother. The home is a lovely temple-front Bungalow.

Mill Pond Barn – The Sedgwick family made a decision to restore the pull-through barn at Mill Pond Plantation with cedar shakes, an original and important architectural feature of this unique agricultural building.

936 Gordon Avenue – Rick & MaryGrace Murphy rehabilitated the 1902 Titus-Davis House at 936 Gordon Avenue, in the Gordon Ave National Register District.

327 E Jefferson Street – Brent & Hope Taylor rehabilitated the 1907 Luke-Ball House at 327 E. Jefferson Street, in the Dawson Street National Register District.

1204 E Clay Street – Tom & Amy Cook restored the cottage at 1204 East Clay Street, in the Glenwood National Register District.

410 Victoria Place – Habitat for Humanity was honored for their construction of the home at 410 Victoria Place, the second home they have built in the Victoria Place Redevelopment Area.

MacIntyre Park School – The Thomasville City School District was honored with an Award of Outstanding Achievement for their on-going rehabilitation of MacIntyre Park Middle School, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Downtown Boston – The City of Boston received an Award of Appreciation for their commitment to historic  preservation. In 2011, they established a local historic district that covers their downtown, and created an Historic Preservation Commission to review exterior design changes.

229 Remington Avenue – Drs. Michael & Shannon Magbalon were awarded the Award of Outstanding Achievement for their rehabilitation and adaptive use of the 1885 Judge H.W. Hopkins House.

445 Remington Avenue – Susie Sherrod was presented with the Award of Stewardship for her long-term care of the 1884 Paxton House, one of Thomasville's iconic Victorian homes.

Springhill Church – The Springhill Church Community was presented with an Award of Outstanding Achievement for their commitment to Thomas County's oldest church, the ca. 1833 Springhill Church.


2012 Annual Meeting & Awards

2012 Annual Meeting + Preservation Honor Awards + Photography Exhibit

On January 26, 2012, over 125 members, guests and honorees gathered for the 2012 Annual Meeting + Preservation Honor Awards program at the Thomasville Center for the Arts.  The annual meeting has not been held at the Center in over a decade and from all reports, it was nice to be back.  Below, you will find a gallery of pictures from the event.  To see the Preservation Honor Award Winners, click here.

The meeting was followed by the Perspectives in Preservation photography exhibit, which is the culmination of our Photographer in Residence program, which encourages local photographers to document the local architecture and environment that inspires them. They also documented people in the community who participate on many levels in local historic preservation activities.  The featured photographers are Jason Kantner, Carrie Viohl and Katherine Marentes. The photography exhibit will continue at the Center through March 9, after which it will travel throughout the area in other shows.  To learn more about the photo exhibit, click here.


Select 2011 Photo Contest Entries

Here are some more select entries from our 2011 Photo Contest.  We wish we could post them all, but thank you to everyone who took the time to enter and share their creativity with the community!




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