Burning cinders and ashes envelop the city; Thomasville is in flames. The beautiful and famous resort hotel, the Piney Woods Hotel, is gone, leaving nothing but a framework of the landmark that once was. The cause of this April 1906 Thomasville tragedy remains unknown. Join the Thomas County Historical Society, and our cast of “witnesses” in the investigation of the ruinous fire at our 14th Annual Fundraising Dinner.
The Piney Woods Hotel opened in 1885 on property deeded by S. Alexander Smith and was located along the railroad tracks at Paradise Park. In its more than twenty years of operation, thousands of vacationers enjoyed stays in its luxurious rooms. At its height, the Hotel could accommodate roughly 300 guests and was one of the most popular resort hotels in the South. Declining visitation around the turn of the century resulted in the auction of the hotel’s contents in 1905. The Hotel did not re-open for the 1906 “season” and a mysterious fire, described as “incendiary” in origin, destroyed the large hotel as well as several surrounding structures before spreading to the neighboring Sandy Bottom district. The catastrophic fire resulted in more than 100,000 dollars in damages–nearly 2.5 million dollars in today’s currency!
Join us for a delicious dinner under the stars catered by J.B. Crumbs and bid on luxury items at our live auction. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Thomas County Historical Society and help us to ensure that the appreciation of our unique history remains an intrinsic and unbroken thread.
Mystery at the Museum: The Burning of the Piney Woods Hotel. Saturday, October 15th
Tickets are available at shop.thomascountyhistory.org. Tickets are $100 each or guests may purchase tables of 8 for $750. Portions of each reservation are tax deductible. Thank you for your support, we look forward to seeing you there!