Echoes of the Past, Thomasville was widly regarded as the winter resort community of the South from about 1870 to 1900. This span of some 30 years was an extreamly important time in the history of this community because of the economic, social, and cultural impact it made.
Why did Charles W. Lapham of Chicago and thousands of other Northerners flock to South Georgia? They could travel by train to Thomasville’s warm climate and escape the bitter winters of the North. Large numbers arrived in response to a local doctor’s published information on the healthful benefits of the pine-scented air. Primarily though, they came because Thomasville was welcoming to Northern visitors at a time when most of the South was not. Later, they were attracted to the tourist mecca that Thomasville became. To gain a better understanding of the amazing draw that Thomasville had, one needs to look closer at the Thomasville of Mr. Lapham’s day and listen to the echoes of the past.
Continue reading this article in our Winter 2012 Edition of the Thomasville Magazine.