A Day in Thomasville, Georgia A Small Town with Plenty of Charm

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Pebble Hill Plantation - Front

Thomasville, Georgia

Recently, my husband and I spent the day in Thomasville, Georgia, a small, quaint, southern town in the southernmost part of Georgia near the Florida-Georgia state line.  Thomasville has so much character and charm that it is like stepping into a beautiful painting.  Along with its small town roots, it is also abundant in history.  From its museums, churches, and historic homes to an exquisitely kept plantation and rose garden, Thomasville is steeped in beauty and rich with antiquity.

I.          Thomasville Rose Garden

Thomasville, Georgia

Thomasville Rose Garden Entrance

Situated on five acres of land and providing astounding beauty and fragrance beyond compare to thousands of visitors a year is the Thomasville Rose Garden which contains over 1,500 rose bushes.  The garden contains four themed beds: Heroes, Holidays, Love & Cherish, and Famous People.  In addition to the themed beds, the garden includes two assorted beds and two memorials beds.  Thomasville is known as the “City of Roses” as it maintains 85 rose beds in additions to the Rose Garden.  It celebrates its historical connection to this gorgeous flower with an annual Rose Show and Festival each April.

The four themed beds have rose bushes with names that coincide with each theme.  Below are some of the rose bushes in each themed bed.

Heroes:
We Salute You/Let Freedom Ring/Firefighter

Holidays:
October Fest/Cinco De Mayo/ St. Patrick/Mardi Gras

Love & Cherish:
Summer Love/Sweet Surrender/Always and Forever

Famous People:
Queen Elizabeth/John F. Kennedy/Marilyn Monroe/Elizabeth Taylor

 

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View of Rose Garden and Gazebo

II.          The Big Oak

Thomasville, Georgia

Close Up of The Big Oak

Thomasville’s Big Oak Tree is quite a sight!  At 331 years old, it still stands tall and proud and attracts all who visit Thomasville.  As the sign states, it spreads 162 feet and stands 68 feet high.  Its trunk is 24 feet in circumference and is of the Live Oak variety.  The Big Oak is a beautiful tribute to the longevity of the City of Thomasville and its roots.

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Entire View of The Big Oak

III.          Sweet Grass Cheese Shop

Opened in 2010, the Sweet Grass Cheese Shop is filled with fine handcrafted cheeses, wonderful food and drinks, and southern hospitality. Located in the heart of Thomasville, this Cheese Shop gives its customers the opportunity to sample and purchase its fabulous cheeses on three different cheese board (and optional meat) choices titled “Cheese and Charcuterie”.  I have visited this Cheese Shop on several occasions and the cheese is magnificent!  I usually get the “Taste of Thomasville” cheese board and I enjoy it until the very last bite.  The ambiance is also quite appealing.  The staff is very friendly and the whole experience leaves you with a smile.

Thomasville, Georgia

Sweet Grass Cheese Shop from the Outside

Thomasville, Georgia

Sweet Grass Cheese Shop from the Inside

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Taste of Thomasville Cheese Platter

To see the cheeses that the Sweet Grass Cheese Shop offers, click here!

Thomasville, Georgia

An Assortment of Cheeses and Various Products for Purchase

IV.          Pebble Hill Plantation

Pebble Hill Plantation - Front

Main House – Photo Courtesy of Pebble Hill Plantation

History

Located in Thomasville, Pebble Hill Plantation was established in the 1820s, when Thomas Jefferson Johnson built the first house. After his death, the plantation was inherited by his daughter, Julia Ann, and her husband, John H. Mitchell. They hired English architect John Wind to design a new mansion. They grew cotton, tobacco and rice.

The plantation was purchased by Thomas Melville Hanna in 1896. It was passed on to his daughter Kate in 1901, who turned it into a hunting estate. After the main house burned down in 1934, architect Abram Garfield designed the new mansion, completed in 1936. After Kate’s death, the plantation was inherited by her daughter, Elizabeth “Pansy” Ireland.

Through the Pebble Peach Foundation endowed by Pansy Ireland, the plantation is open to the public.

Experience

Pebble Hill Plantation is a beautiful place to spend the day.  The grounds are immaculately kept so a stroll through them is always relaxing and quite beautiful.  A tour of the main house is a fun and educational experience!  The photos below show only part of the beauty that the main house contains.  This plantation is rich in history and its beauty is far-reaching.  It is definitely worth a visit!

Photo Courtesy of Pebble Hill Plantation

The Loggia Wing – Photo Courtesy of Pebble Hill Plantation

Photo Courtesy of Pebble Hill Plantation

Big Room – Photo Courtesy of Pebble Hill Plantation

Photo Courtesy of Pebble Hill Plantation

Pink Room – Photo Courtesy of Pebble Hill Plantation

Photo Courtesy of Pebble Hill Plantation

Library – Photo Courtesy of Pebble Hill Plantation

Photo Courtesy of Pebble Hill Plantation

The Loggia – Photo Courtesy of Pebble Hill Plantation

V.          Downtown Thomasville

Thomasville, Georgia

The Clock in Downtown Thomasville

Beautiful, clean sidewalks cover the downtown district of Thomasville which is full of boutiques, restaurants, and antique stores as well as historic homes.  It is a friendly place without the hustle and bustle of big city life.  It’s perfect for an afternoon of shopping and lunch. I find the people of Thomasville to be just as pleasant as its landmarks.  They are kind, friendly, charming, and very proud of where they live.  As well they should!

Thomasville, Georgia

Portion of Broad Street

Thomasville, Georgia

Statue on Broad Street

Thomasville, Georgia

Portion of Broad Street

 

Mid-Year Motivational Quotes 17 Quotes That Will Make a Difference in Your Life

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Mid-Year Inspirational Quotes

I love quotes.  If you’ve followed my blog for very long, you know that I like to insert a quote post now and again.  Since it’s mid-year, a little inspiration felt appropriate.  After all, we are all chasing dreams!

Mid-Year Inspirational Quotes

Don Yaeger is a friend of mine who writes for Forbes Magazine and Forbes.com.  He is also a nine-time New York Times Best Selling author. He recently wrote an article for Forbes.com that included 45 of his favorite inspirational quotes.  He primarily writes on sports and sports-related topics so many of these quotes are derived from that genre; however, they are inspiring nonetheless.  I chose my seventeen favorite quotes and listed them below for your inspiration and enjoyment.

  1. Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions.  Small people always try to do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, are great. – Mark Twain
  2. In life, adversity only visits the strong.  It stays forever with the weak.  We have to decide whether we’re going to be strong or weak. – Dale Brown
  3. A winner is someone who can look in the mirror at the end of the day and say in pursuit of my goal and dreams I gave my best. – Dick Vitale
  4. The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra. – Jimmy Johnson
  5. If it’s important you’ll find a way.  If it’s not, you’ll find an excuse. – Ryan Blair
  6. When you’re good at something, you’ll tell everyone.  When you’re great at something, they’ll tell you. – Walter Payton
  7. I can accept failure, everyone fails at something.  But I can’t accept not trying. – Michael Jordan
  8. Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. – Robert F. Kennedy
  9. Be not afraid of greatness.  Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them. – William Shakespeare
  10. It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them.  They went out and happened to things. – Leonardo da Vinci
  11. Have a fierce resolve in everything you do.  Demonstrate determination, resiliency, and tenacity.  Do not let temporary setbacks become permanent excuses.  Use mistakes and problems as opportunities to get better-not reasons to quit. – Jamie Dimon
  12. Ability is what you’re capable of doing.  Motivation determines what you do.  Attitude determines how well you do it. – Lou Holtz
  13. Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek. – Mario Andretti
  14. The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. – Vidal Sassoon
  15. Success is not the key to happiness.  Happiness is the key to success.  If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. – Herman Cain
  16. You always pass failure on your way to success. – Mickey Rooney
  17. The best revenge is massive success. – Frank Sinatra

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