Historical Attractions

Lapham-Patterson House Historic Site Thomasville

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Lapham-Patterson House Historic Site
626 N Dawson St
Thomasville
GA
31792
Tel: 1-800-864-7275

Where are we going today?

The Lapham-Patterson House is a monument to the imagination, creative engineering and craftsmanship of the Victorian Era. Fishscale shingles, oriental-style porch decorations, long-leaf pine inlaid floors, and a remarkable double-flue chimney with a walk-through stairway and cantilevered balcony exemplify the quality and skill of its Victorian creators. Due to its outstanding architectural significance, the Lapham-Patterson House was named a National Historic Landmark in 1975. Built between 1884-85 as a winter cottage for prosperous shoe merchant C.W. Lapham of Chicago, the residence was well-equipped with its own gas lighting system, hot and cold running water, indoor plumbing and modern closets. Like many other successful Northerners, Lapham came to the bustling resort town of Thomasville for its mild, pleasing climate and the supposed therapeutic value of the pine-scented air. The Laphams sold the winter house in 1894, and it was re-sold in 1905 to James G. Patterson. The Pattersons remained in possession until 1970.
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When can we go?

Monday-Friday, 8AM-8PM; Saturday-Sunday, 9AM-5PM

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    We've taken one grandson who has lived with us, a dozen times or more, he loves it and learns something new every trip; in fact, his 5th grade project was about FDR. We also take all grandsons every year for a few weeks to historical and future tech sites. We took them last summer to LWH, all six loved the adventure so much, they voted for a second day. Kudos to knowledgeable and kind-hearted staff. New presentations (the photos) were of special interest to all of us. Thank you, LWH staff.

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    My fiancé and I visited the Little White House on our way home from Atlanta last month. The staff was very friendly, and the collections of items belonging to and relating to FDR were incredible. We loved how everything had signs explaining the significance and history. It was raining the day we visited but we will definitely be returning. You HAVE to visit the warm springs pools, the staff there is very knowledgeable of the area and the history of the pools. She suggested we visit Dowdle's Knob which is a MUST SEE if you're in the area. My fiancé...Read More

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    Awesome. Such tasteful simplicity.

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    This a great experience. Very educational.

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    Great place to visit, especially if you're a historian. Lots of FDR stuff related to his time/events at/around Warm Springs.

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by David Nelson

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My fiancé and I visited the Little White House on our way home from Atlanta last month. The staff was very friendly, and the collections of items belonging to and relating to FDR were incredible. We loved how everything had signs explaining the significance and history. It was raining the day we visited but we will definitely be returning. You HAVE to visit the warm springs pools, the staff there is very knowledgeable of the area and the history of the pools. She suggested we visit Dowdle's Knob which is a MUST SEE if you're in the area. My fiancé is no fan of history and even she had a great time learning about the era.

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