Thomasville’s Town Square
The story began in 1922. It seems Thomasville had already gained a reputation as “The Chair Town” due to the fact that products of Thomasville Chair Company (now Thomasville Furniture Industries) were almost exclusively simple, sturdy, straight-back chairs. Somebody, no one knows for certain who, got the idea to erect a big chair to call attention to the town’s chief industry. Read More…
The original Bandstand in Thomasville stood about 50 feet west of the present one on the town commons from the late 1800s to the 1940s. It was the setting for band concerts, which were very popular during that era, and for other citywide events. Read More…
Donated by Dolen and Hazel Bowers to commemorate the city’s 150th anniversary in 2002, the clock tower is located in the heart of Thomasville. It stands 34 feet tall (four feet taller than the Big Chair) and weighs over 8,000 pounds!
1870 Train Depot
One of North Carolina’s oldest standing railroad depots became home to Thomasville’s Visitors Center in the summer of 2000. The original structure was built in 1870. The Thomasville Historical Society began restoration on the depot in 1975 and continued through 1977. In 1981 the Thomasville Depot was officially listed on the National Register of Historical Places. This most unique Thomasville Visitors Center is now open for your enjoyment, comfort and assistance.
As cabooses were being phased out in the 1980’s, the City of Thomasville decided to get one. The Norfolk Southern Corporation donated southern Railway Caboose X703 to the City after it was retired.
The caboose was delivered to City Fuel and Ice in October of 1986. Soon afterward, it was moved down the street on special dollies to its current location next to the railroad depot.
City Founder John W. Thomas
John Warrick Thomas (1800-1871) served as North Carolina General Assemblyman and State Senator (1842-54). During his later term, he was a major proponent of the North Carolina Railroad Bill. He purchased land and contracted to build three sections of the line that would unite cities and towns from Goldsboro to Charlotte. Inseparable from the history of the city, J.W. Thomas encouraged the town and faithfully contributed to its growth. The approximately 1200 pound bronze statue was commissioned for the City’s 2002 sesquicentennial. A time capsule was inserted in its concrete base for the bicentennial celebration in 2052.
Thomasville Farmers Market: Open Saturdays from 8 am to 12 pm; Open Tuesdays from 9 am to 1 pm.Thomasville Farmers Market is a 100% producers only market limited to certified growers who live within Davidson County or the counties of Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Montgomery, Randolph and Rowan counties. A 100% producers only market means you are buying directly from the grower (no middle man), and that produce has been grown in your community.
Pace Park Amphitheater: 8 Memorial Park Dr. Thomasville, North Carolina