Plantation Trace / Thomasville

Lapham-Patterson House Museum

626 N. Dawson St.
Thomasville, GA 31792

229-226-7664
  • The Lapham-Patterson House Museum

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  • The view from the front gate is as imposing now as it was back in the late 1800's!

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  • The 'LP' house has a variety of interesting architectual features.

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  • There are many unique features in this landmark Victorian home.

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  • Often called by locals 'The Big Yellow House' on Dawson Street... Visitors can see why...

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The Thomas County Historical Society operates the Lapham-Patterson House, 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.

Because of its 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.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Friday: 1:00PM - 5:00PM
    Saturday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Adults $5.00

    Students 6-18 $1.00

    Facility Amenities

    Free Parking, Guided Tours / Guide Available, Parking on Site, Party Facilities, Public Restrooms

    General Information

    Family-friendly, Open Year 'Round

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages