Discover the Historic Lapham Patterson House in Thomasville Georgia - This south Georgia house museum is a one-of-a-kind building.
Built between 1884-85 as a winter cottage for Mr. Larmon, the house was well equipped with its own gas lighting system, hot and cold water, indoor plumbing and modern closets. There are no right angles in the cottage, and nothing is centered or symmetrical. The 19 rooms have 45 doors and 53 windows.
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.
Almost every room has at least one right angle. Yes, far fewer right angles than a typical house, but it’s a long way from “none.” Due to its outstanding 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 Larmon, from Cincinnati, 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 Georgia for its mild, pleasing climate and the supposed therapeutic value of the pine-scented air. The winter house was sold in 1894, and it was re-sold in 1905 to James G. Patterson. The Pattersons remained in possession until 1970.
It is operated by the Thomas County Historical Society.
Picnic Area Gift ShopBus Parking
Operating Hours, Contact and Address
Fridays, 1-4PM, Saturdays, 10AM-4PM, & Sundays, 1PM-4PM. Tours are also available by appointment. The facility is available for weddings, teas, meetings, etc.
Thomas County Historical Society at 229-226-7664 - Address: 626 N Dawson St, Thomasville Georgia 31792