Thomasville, Georgia

Thomasville is the county seat of Thomas County, Georgia, United States. The city is the second largest in Southwest Georgia after Albany.

The city deems itself the City of Roses and holds an annual Rose Festival. The city features plantations open to the public, a historic downtown, a large farmer's market, and a 308-year-old oak tree at the corner of Monroe and Crawford streets. The population was 19,340 at the 2013 United States Census.[4]

In 2016, Thomasville was featured as the second best historic small town on USA Today's 10 Best List Reader's Choice after Bisbee (Arizona) but ahead of Abingdon (Virginia), Mackinac Island (Michigan), and Astoria (Oregon).

Thomasville, Georgia
Thomas County Courthouse
"T-Ville", The City of Roses, The Rose City, Beacon Hills (original name)
Location in Thomas County and the state of Georgia
Location in Thomas County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 30°50′11″N 83°58′42″W / 30.83639°N 83.97833°WCoordinates: 30°50′11″N 83°58′42″W / 30.83639°N 83.97833°W
CountryUnited States
 • City31.6 sq mi (38.7 km2)
 • Land30.9 sq mi (38.5 km2)
 • Water0.1 sq mi (0.5 km2)
279 ft (85 m)
 • City18,413
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,215/sq mi (469.3/km2)
 • Metro
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s)229
FIPS code13-76224[2]
GNIS feature ID0333216[3]


Thomasville was founded in 1825 as seat of the newly formed Thomas County. It was incorporated as a town in 1831 and as a city in 1889. The community was named for Jett Thomas, a general in the War of 1812.[5]

Rose Festival

Thomasville Rose Garden May 2016

Thomasville plants and maintains more than 1,000 roses located throughout the city, as do a number of residents who have their own rose gardens. During the last week of April, rose growers from all over the world display their prize roses for a panel of judges. The Thomasville Rose Garden at Cherokee Lake Park is the largest of 85 rose beds maintained by the city, and is host to the annual rose festival.[6]


Thomasville is home to several historic and cultural organizations, including the Thomas County Historical Society and Museum of History, Thomasville Landmarks, Inc.[7] the Thomasville Center for the Arts, Jack Hadley's Black History Museum, and Pebble Hill Plantation. Daily tours and research hours are available at each institution.


Thomasville is located at 30°50′11″N 83°58′42″W / 30.83639°N 83.97833°W (30.836444, -83.978199).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 14.9 square miles (39 km2), of which 14.9 square miles (39 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (0.40%) is water. It is the second largest city in Southwest Georgia after Albany. The city has three U.S. Routes: 19, 84 and 319. It is located 34 miles northeast of Tallahassee, Florida, 28 miles southwest of Moultrie, 43 miles west of Valdosta, 95 miles east of Dothan, Alabama, 59 miles south of Albany and 22 miles north of Monticello, Florida.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Thomasville has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[9]

Climate data for Thomasville, Georgia
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 86
Average high °F (°C) 63
Average low °F (°C) 39
Record low °F (°C) 5
Average precipitation inches (mm) 4.80
Source: The Weather Channel [10]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201618,826[1]2.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 18,162 people, 7,021 households, and 4,654 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,221.4 people per square mile (471.6/km²). There were 7,788 housing units at an average density of 523.7 per square mile (202.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 55.39% African American, 42.83% White, 0.23% Native American, 0.53% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.28% of the population.

There were 7,021 households out of which 30.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.7% were married couples living together, 22.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.7% were non-families. 29.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the city, the population was spread out with 26.9% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 16.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 83.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $29,926, and the median income for a family was $37,606. Males had a median income of $28,331 versus 12,312 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,910. About 15.1% of families and 19.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.1% of those under age 18 and 21.0% of those age 65 or over.


Thomasville City School District

The Thomasville City School District holds pre-school to grade twelve, and consists of three elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school.[12] The district has 204 full-time teachers and over 3,107 students.[13]

Thomas County School District

The Thomas County School District holds pre-school to grade twelve, and consists of three elementary schools, a middle school, and two high schools, Thomas County Central and Bishop Hall Charter School.[14] The district has 329 full-time teachers and over 5,466 students.[15]

Private schools

  • Calvary Christian School
  • Favors Christian Academy
  • Brookwood School (Pre-K-12) Independent college preparatory school.

Higher education


The bakery company Flowers Foods is based in Thomasville. Senior Life Insurance Company is based in Thomasville.

Municipal broadband network

The city has installed a fiber optic network, known as CNS, which provides affordable, high speed Internet access. The city's network has been in place since 1999. The city transfers excess revenues from CNS services and from its other utilities to the city's general fund to pay for police and fire protection, street maintenance, and other essential services. In 2012, because of these revenues, the city was able to eliminate property fire tax for its residents and businesses.[18]


  • The Thomasville Times-Enterprise is a daily newspaper owned by Community Newspaper Holdings, CNHI. The newspaper publishes the glossy magazine Thomasville Scene.

Notable people


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Sinton – 'Nagami' kumquat (Fortunella margarita) X 'Rusk' citrange; named for the city of Sinton, Texas

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Thomas County, Georgia

Thomas County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census the population was 44,720. The county seat is Thomasville.Thomas County comprises the Thomasville, GA Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Thomas County Central High School

Thomas County Central High School is a high school in Thomasville, Georgia, United States. It is the largest high school in Thomasville and Thomas County, with 1,474 students as of 2015. In 2013, it was rated as the top public school in southwest Georgia according to the Georgia Department of Education College and Career Readiness Index (CCRPI). The school is home to the Thomas County Central Yellow Jackets; the 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, and 1997 AAA state champion football teams; and 1993 Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward, Jr.

Thomas W. Hardwick

Thomas William Hardwick (December 9, 1872 – January 31, 1944) was an American politician from the U.S. state of Georgia.

Hardwick was born in Thomasville, Georgia. He graduated from Mercer University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1892 and received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Georgia in 1893. He was an active member of Phi Delta Theta at Mercer, and while at UGA, he was a member of the Phi Kappa Literary Society.

Hardwick practiced law and then entered politics with the support of Thomas E. Watson. Hardwick was the prosecutor of Washington County, Georgia from 1895 to 1897; a member of the Georgia House of Representatives from 1898 to 1902; and a member of the United States House of Representatives representing Georgia's 10th district from 1903 to 1914. In 1914 he ran for a seat in the United States Senate in a special election for the unexpired term of Augustus O. Bacon who had died in office. Hardwick won, and served in the Senate from 1915 to 1919.

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On April 29, 1919, as a direct result of his sponsorship of the Immigration Act, Senator Hardwick was targeted for assassination by adherents of the radical anarchist Luigi Galleani, who mailed a booby trap bomb to his residence in Georgia. The bomb exploded when a house servant attempted to open the package, blowing off her hands, and severely injuring Senator Hardwick's wife.Senator Hardwick was defeated in the Democratic primary for reelection in 1918 by William J. Harris. Hardwick then served as Governor of Georgia from 1921 to 1923, and due to his opposition to the Ku Klux Klan, lost to Clifford Walker in the subsequent election. He ran unsuccessfully for election to the Senate in 1922 and 1924, and then retired from politics. He spent the rest of his life practicing law, with offices in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Georgia and Sandersville, Georgia. He died in Sandersville.

One of Hardwick's most notable actions as governor of Georgia was his appointment of Rebecca Latimer Felton to the United States Senate as a temporary replacement for Tom Watson, who had died. Though Felton only served for one day, she was the first woman to serve in the Senate.

Thomasville Open (PGA Tour)

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Thomasville Times-Enterprise

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WHGH (AM 840) is a radio station broadcasting an Urban Contemporary format., and licensed for Thomasville, Georgia, United States, in the Tallahassee, Florida area. The station is owned by Moses L. Gross, a black Thomas County Commissioner, through his HGH Investments Corporation.The station's license was cancelled and its callsign deleted from the Federal Communications Commission's database on April 6, 2012 for failure to renew. The licensee submitted a petition for waiver and reinstatement, claiming that "the loss of WHGH was represents a severe blow to the people it serves" and "The Commission should not let a rigid adherence to its rules result in the loss of yet another minority-owned voice in our Nation's media landscape." The FCC granted a waiver in June 2013, restoring the callsign and accepting a late renewal application, and granting special temporary authority to resume operations pending renewal.

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