The Lapham-Patterson House in Thomasville is one of Georgia’s best known architectural gems. Owned by the State of Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources, the Thomasville History Center has overseen the house, its grounds, and all programming and public use of the property since 2010. With the help of the community and numerous local partners, the History Center maintains the historic integrity of both the exterior and interior of the house. The organization improved the functionality of the house by installing Wi-Fi, ensuring all features operate optimally, and restoring the original 1885 exterior water feature. Community interest in the house is supported through tours, rentals and social media efforts. The current concession with the state expires in 2024 with committed funding from a local foundation expiring in 2022. With these dates in mind, work has begun on developing a viable re-use plan by a small adaptive re-use committee. Meanwhile, repair efforts, public tours, rental inquiries and social media efforts keep the History Center busy with an eye towards maintaining community engagement and interest in the House.
Excellence in Stewardship Awards recognize those who ensure the preservation of historic properties through long-term care and maintenance, stabilization, protection or continuous family ownership