Lapham-Patterson House Historic Site

Lapham-Patterson House Historic Site

This property is managed by the Thomas County Historical Society.
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The Lapham-Patterson House is 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. Due to 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. The Laphams sold the winter house in 1894, and it was re-sold in 1905 to James G. Patterson. The Pattersons remained in possession until 1970.
Note: Lapham-Patterson House Historic Site has no reservable facilities.

Historic Site Hours:

Friday 1 p.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Last tour at 4 p.m.
Closed on & around major holidays.

Historic Site Admission:

Group rates available with advance notice.


• Picnic Area
• Wedding/Event Space
• Bus Parking

Nearby Attractions:

• Hardy Bryan House
• Pebble Hill Plantation
• Rose Garden
• The Big Oak
• Thomas County Historical Society
Seminole State Park

Lapham-Patterson House Historic Site
626 North Dawson Street
Thomasville, GA 31792
Thomas County

GPS Coordinates:

N 30.845500 | W -083.982583
Located at 626 North Dawson Street in Thomasville.

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Lapham-Patterson House Historic Site
626 North Dawson Street
Thomasville, GA 31792 View Details

Lapham-Patterson House Historic Site