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County Formed December 23, 1825
County Seat Thomasville
Incorporated Cities Barwick, Boston, Coolidge, Meigs, Ochlocknee, Pavo and Thomasville
Total Area 552.11662 square miles


From its county population in 2000 of 42843 to its current population estimate of 44959, the county has experienced a growth change of 2116.

In 1825 Thomas County was formed from portions of Irwin and Decatur counties and named for Jett Thomas, a hero of the War of 1812

After the railroad expanded to Thomas County in 1861, wealthy and elite northerners, seeking a retreat from cold winters and the subsequent threat of illness, began flocking to genteel Thomasville, the county seat. Many of these northern visitors built massive Victorian structures, or "grand winter cottages," more than fifty of which are still standing either as bed-and-breakfasts or private residences.

Points of Interest

Places of interest include the many surviving plantations, particularly Pebble Hill.

One of the country's oldest golf courses, the Glen Arven Country Club, was said to be a favorite spot of U.S. president Dwight Eisenhower, who also went quail hunting outside Thomasville.

The Big Oak at the corner of Crawford and East Monroe streets in Thomasville is the largest oak tree east of the Mississippi River, with a limb span of 162 feet. The tree is more than 315 years old and has been a member of the National Live Oak Society since 1936.

Notable Citizens

Bailey White, a National Public Radio essayist and author of Mama Makes Up Her Mind, is from Thomas County.

Higher Education

Thomas University

Annual Events

Thomas County comes to life each April with its annual Rose Show and Festival.

Christmas is also a special time in Thomas County. Downtown Thomasville hosts Victorian Christmas on the second Thursday and Friday of each December. Visitors step back in time as they stroll down the cobblestone streets and visit with locals in period co

Chamber of Commerce
Additional County Info
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State of Georgia

Downtown Thomasville

Big Oak, Thomasville

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