Monday, May 2, 2011

Thomasville, GA, Mansions, and More

I’ve processed and identified almost all of the pictures I took of houses and mansions in Thomasville that we went to see last week.  I took a lot of pictures and put names to most of them.  Some of them were just not in the guidebook and had no name on the outside.  Most of them are owner occupied or businesses and not open to the public, but there is a little history on most of them along with a pic and map numbers so I could keep track of where I took pics.  We only got to a little more than half of the houses and a little bit of downtown, but after Pebble Hill, we did good to see as much as we did.  During the afternoon, we had really good salads at the Ella Blue Cafe.  The owner supposedly named it after John Travolta’s daughter, but he spelled the “Bleu” wrong.  Ooops.

Ella Blue Cafe 1

Had to take a pic of this shop downtown!  LOL  Pradas, anyone?

Kathy's Shoe Store

The first place we stopped was Strawbridge House, built in 1899 in Colonial Revival style, now occupied by a Neurology Center.

Strawbridge House 2

This is the Forbes Cottage, patterned after an English cottage and built in 1891.Forbes Cottage

This is the Charles Hebard house built in 1899 in the Neoclassical style.  The house was pretty overgrown and appeared to be empty.

For his son, Charles Hebard built next door to his home the Charles S. Hebard House.  This was also built in 1899 and is nicknamed the Steamboat House.  This is another Neurology office.

Between the two houses was a huge bamboo grove.

Bamboo Grove

All Saints Episcopal Church was built in 1881 and is the oldest original church in Thomasville, though not in its original place. .

All Saints Ep. Church

Balfour House was built in 1900.  Russel and I loved the rounded two-story porch sticking out one end.

Balfour House 2

The James Watt House was finished in 1893.

James Watt House

This is the side entrance of the McIntyre House.  Got the name off a sign on the door, not in the book.

McIntyre House

The David Harrell House was originally built in 1853 and extensively added to over the years.

David Harrell House

Had a dickens of a time identifying the Bruce-Driver House.  They painted it since the brochure when it was light brown!  Love the rounded porch and steps.

Bruce Driver House 1

The Paxton House was built in 1884 and is a beautiful example of Victorian Gothic.  The Munsters would be happy there!  It is now a B & B.

Paxton House 1

Right next door is another Victorian Gothic, the Burbank Cottage, built in 1875.  It was originally barn red!

Burbank Cottage

The Ransom Reid House was built in 1854. 

 Ransom Reid House 1

The John Dyson house was built in 1854 as a honeymoon cottage for newlyweds.  Some cottage, eh?

John Dyson House 1

The Royal Miller House was built in 1903 after the style of the Greenwood Plantation, inspiration for Twelve Oaks in Gone With the Wind. 

Royal Miller House

The Hardaway House was built in 1856 and was home to the first mayor of Thomasville.

Hardaway House

The last house I want to share with you is the Lapham-Patterson House, built in 1885.  This house is done in the Queen Anne style and is a real “painted lady” of the Victorian era.

Lapham-Patterson House 2 Lapham-Patterson House 1

Those are my favorites.  I have more pics but they were nothing special to share.  We’ll have to go back someday and plan to spend more time, maybe in one of the many B & B’s.  It was a full day in Georgia, taking in Pebble Hill Plantation, all these houses and a rose garden before heading back to Tallahassee. 

Thanks for stopping by. Comments always welcome.

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1 comment:

Deelite said...

Wow what fun. Bob and I would love to meet you next time you go back. I love looking at old houses. Were any of them open to the public? You would be a great docent. Enjoyed1