Lapham-Patterson House Historic Site

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Lapham-Patterson House Historic Site


(229) 226-7664

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RE-OPENING SOON: The Thomas County Historical Society will soon operate the Lapham-Patterson House, opening for tours on Fridays.

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.

Map of Lapham-Patterson House (GA)

Latitude, Longitude: 30.844505, -83.982496



  • Historic Sites

    Guided tours of the house will be offered once reopened.

  • Picnicking

    There is a picnic area for visitors to enjoy.


Open for tours Fridays.



Located at 626 N. Dawson Street in Thomasville, Ga.

Phone Numbers


(229) 226-7664