2020 Annual Membership Picnic
The Historic Upchurch House
Home of Dr. Allen Lee - 1135 Gordon Avenue
Thursday, November 19
5:00 - 6:45 House Tours, 7:00 Dinner and Live Music
Join us as we celebrate you, the members who make preservation possible in Thomas County! Enjoy the rare opportunity to explore one of Thomasville's most beautiful historic homes followed by delicious drinks, seasonal cuisine, and live music under the stars on the stunning grounds of the Upchurch House.
Tickets and sponsorships start at just $100 per person and are partially tax-deductible. To purchase tickets and for details on sponsorship pricing and perks, please click the link below.
The Upchurch House
Built in 1938 and designed by Cleveland, Ohio architect, Edward G. Reed. Mr. Reed also designed the adjacent residence on Blackshear, known as Ten Oaks, as well as Milestone’s Lodge and Cottages. This Gordon Avenue French Renaissance landmark was the home of Mary Roddenberry and Worth Upchurch. Prince E. Jinright of Thomasville was the supervising architect and oversaw construction. It was built across the street from The Three Toms Inn of Arnold brick and cost in the neighborhood of $20,000. Mrs. Upchurch planted azeleas and camellias some of which still flourish today. Peggy and Scott Rich purchased the home in 1985 and enlarged and remodeled the house with the help of architect William Frank McCall, Jr. The addition of the walled pool and wisteria arbor was included in the Riches' renovation. In 2002 the Riches commissioned Thomasville architect, Stanley F. Smith, for a major restoration after a fire caused significant damage to the house.
The current owner, Dr. Allen Lee, purchased the home in 2018 and undertook a complete renovation and expansion of the main home, pool house and grounds. In addition, the adjacent Millpond Road property was purchased and incorporated into the main site along with the addition of a Carriage house, raised gardens, outdoor cypress kitchen and additional brick estate wall surrounding the new property. Dr. Lee, an architect prior to attending medical school, worked with architect Troy A. Stencel on the renovation.