Things To Do in Georgia: Thomasville

Jennifer Bradley Franklin
| January 6, 2024 | 1 Minute Read
Exterior view of Thomas County Courthouse on a bright day in Thomasville, Georgia iStock


Downtown Thomasville
Wander around historic downtown’s brick-paved streets and see evidence of the Victorian era, when Thomasville gained a reputation as the “Winter Resort of the South.” Shop for vintage treasures at Toscoga Marketplace, charming hand-poured candles at Blake Candle Company and anything you could need for outdoor adventures at Kevin’s Fine Outdoor Gear and Apparel. Plan a return in the spring, when Georgia’s Rose City comes alive with a proliferation of color thanks to more than 1,500 rose bushes at the Thomasville Rose Garden & Cherokee Lake Park.

Jack Hadley Black History Museum
Plan a visit to Thomasville’s first museum dedicated to highlighting Black history. Opened in 1995 and founded by historian James “Jack” Hadley, the educational attraction features more than 4,650 artifacts important to African American history. Don’t miss fascinating exhibits on the Buffalo Soldiers, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the experience of Black soldiers from the Spanish American War to Desert Storm, and more.

Exterior view of Pebble Plantation surrounded by thick foliage

Pebble Hill Plantation

History and architecture buffs will love this grand property just 10 minutes out of town. The 1936 neoclassical home (above), rebuilt after a fire destroyed the one built in 1850, is the centerpiece of a 3,000-acre estate and features antique furniture, an extensive sporting art collection and manicured gardens. Embark on a self-guided tour of the grounds or join an expertly led exploration of the main house.


Courtyard by Marriott Thomasville Downtown

Book a room at this AAA Three Diamond property, and you’ll be perfectly positioned for exploring Thomasville’s historic downtown. From your home-base-away-from-home, you’ll be within easy walking distance of the city’s top restaurants, museums and shops. Back at the 106-room hotel, recharge with modern guest rooms, a fully outfitted gym, an outdoor fire pit and, for when the weather is warm, a glittering pool.

Owners of the Sweet Grass Dairy & Cheese Shop standing in front of their store Andrew Thomas Lee

Sweet Grass Dairy & Cheese Shop

Bring your appetite to Thomasville’s most well-known cheesemaker’s downtown shop (above). The menu includes a dizzying array of handcrafted cheese; charcuterie boards; and hearty sandwiches, salads, snacks and desserts. While you’re there, pick up some signature favorites such as Thomasville Tomme and Georgia Gouda to take home.

Person placing a charcuterie platter  on a table at Liam's


Make a dinner reservation at this AAA Three Diamond restaurant (above) that’s been a local favorite since it opened in 2002. Whether you settle into the main dining room or take a table in the garden or the lounge, let Chef Tyler Bailey introduce you to his new American menu, where favorites include a 60-day dry-aged bone-in ribeye, smoked fish dip with house-pickled vegetables and artisan cheese boards built with locally sourced cheese.

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