Tour grand historic homes and sites in Thomasville.
April 12-14, 2019

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Thomasville was once known as the “Winter Resort of the South,” hosting America’s wealthiest families in the late 19th century. Enjoy a rare opportunity to experience its rich history and southern hospitality.

Join us this spring for the highly anticipated return to Thomasville. Travel to southwest Georgia and discover the southern hospitality of this breathtaking historic city.

Once known as the “Winter Resort of the South,” Thomasville boasts ornate turn-of-the-century exquisite mansions, remote plantations and restored “winter cottages” built in the 1880s by some of America’s wealthiest families.

Enjoy a weekend of touring the exquisite historic homes in the city’s eight National Register districts, dining at privately owned hunting plantations, and discovering the charm and hospitality of downtown Thomasville’s award-winning historic district.

Thomasville is always worth the journey!

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Heritage Reception

Upper-level Georgia Trust members ($250 and up) will enjoy a complimentary private reception at the exclusive Millpond Plantation, one of the country’s most historically significant quail hunting plantations. Completed in 1905, the main house was designed by the prominent architecture firm of Hubbell & Benes for Jeptha Wade, a wealthy Cleveland financier and the grandson of the first president of Western Union Telegraph Company. Millpond features an impressive atrium, with a pyramidal roof of glass and steel retractable panels that open and close with the season, providing protection to the indoor garden planted with bougainvillea, palms, citrus and camellias.

Guests will have the rare opportunity to roam the elaborate grounds that were designed by Warren Manning, who apprenticed under Frederick Law Olmsted, America’s finest landscape architect. Guests will also enjoy the arcaded walkways which feature beautiful antique furnishings, century old Navajo rugs and other outstanding examples of the decorative arts.

To upgrade your membership to be a part of this exclusive event, please contact 404-885-7805 or


Our room blocks at several Thomasville hotels have expired and limited rooms are still available. Here are additional suggestions for hotel rooms for the Ramble. Hotels are located in Moultrie, Georgia and Tallahassee, Florida. All are located approximately 30 miles from downtown Thomasville. Room blocks are not set up.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites
850 Veterans Parkway
Moultrie, GA 31788
(229) 890-9900

Hampton Inn
441 Hampton Way
Moultrie, GA 31788
(229) 616-7777

Hampton Inn
3388 Lonnbladh Road
Tallahassee, FL 32308
(850) 574-4900

Thomasville: History, Homes, and Southern Hospitality

The publication of Thomasville: History, Homes, and Southern Hospitality is a landmark event in the ongoing effort to document, restore, and preserve Thomasville’s rich history. Written by the late William R. Mitchell, Thomasville features photography by Van Jones Martin and Jim Lockhart and a foreword by Gil Schafer, III. This extraordinary hardcover architectural history book boasts 248 pages filled with full-color images featuring the interiors of 51 local homes and more than 100 exteriors.

Price: $40 plus tax

Shipping is not available for this book. Buyers much be able to pick up the book in Thomasville at packet pick-up during The Georgia Trust Spring Ramble, April 12-14, 2019.

Purchase Book

What are Rambles?

Rambles feature exclusive tours and social events in historic properties not usually open to the public. Tours of historic homes and buildings are self-guided, and guests provide their own transportation. Maps and programs are provided at packet pick-up. Catered meals are offered as part of registration packages; however, there are tour-only (no meals) options as well.

These trips attract hundreds of participants per Ramble and are offered two weekends each year (fall and spring). Recent Rambles have included Marietta, the Golden Isles, Athens and Americus.

For more information, contact the Trust’s Special Events Department at 404-885-7812 or

**Sites and times are subject to change. Event occurs rain or shine.

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