The Thomas County Historical Society is proud to honor the long-standing tradition of celebrating tricks, treats, and all things Halloween at the Lapham-Patterson House this fall. For decades, the annual reading of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven” delighted generations of Thomasville residents. Jeff Lovett will provide a recitation of Edgar Allen Poe’s, The Raven, at 6pm on Friday October 27.
Following the reading, learn about the history of Halloween, Victorian traditions of “tricks” and “treats,” and the unique history of the Lapham-Patterson House and its families. Staff will provide hourly tours of the Lapham-Patterson House. Tours are available for $10 per adult and $5 per student ages 6-17. Those guests who would like to paint a pumpkin in the backyard as an added activity may do so for $5 each. Registration is required.
All tours are limited in size, so those interested in participating should make reservations early. The Bookshelf will host a “pop-up” shop at the Lapham-Patterson House featuring works by Edgar Allen Poe and other seasonal titles for readers of all ages.
This year, we are proud to add a new element to the Halloween fun! The public is invited to attend a free screening of House on Haunted Hill on Saturday October 28 at 8pm. House on Haunted Hill is a 1959 thriller starring screen legend Vincent Price written by Robb White, a Thomasville native. Plot summary: In the film, a wealthy eccentric Frederick Loren, played by Vincent Price, invites five guests to a party at a possibly haunted mansion. They are told that they if they show up and survive a night filled with scares, they can receive $10,000 each.
The film is appropriate for guests aged 12 and up. Limited concessions will be available for purchase at the event and donations will be accepted. Guests are asked to bring their own chairs and blankets for seating in the backyard. A $5 cooler fee will be collected upon entry and guests are prohibited from bringing in glass bottles.
Children are invited to trick-or-treat at the Museum of History (725 N. Dawson St.) and the Lapham-Patterson House (626 N. Dawson St.) between 5pm and 8pm on Halloween night, Tuesday, October 31, while candy supplies last. Short-term parking is available behind the LPH at the intersection of Webster St. and Young St. Our neighborhood gets very busy, please trick-or-treat safely!
For more information and to reserve tickets, please visit www.thomascountyhistory.org or call 229-226-7664. The Lapham-Patterson House is operated by the Thomas County Historical Society. Located at 626 N. Dawson St., the eccentric Victorian home built during Thomasville’s Resort Era is open for regular tours Fridays from 1pm to 4pm and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm. Parking is available on Dawson St., and behind the home via Webster St.
Schedule of Events:
- Secrets, Haunts, & Local Lore, Friday, October 27, 6pm-10pm, Lapham-Patterson House
- 6pm: Poe Reading, free and open to the public
- 7pm-9pm: Tours available on the hour, advanced registration required, all ages welcome
- 7pm-10pm: Make History: Pumpkin Painting, $5 per pumpkin. Advanced registration required
- The Bookshelf Pop-Up Shop
- House on Haunted Hill film screening, Saturday, October 28, 8pm-10pm, Lapham-Patterson House
- Trick or Treat, Tuesday, October 31, 5pm-8pm, First come, first served while supplies last, Lapham-Patterson House and Museum of History