Sunday, July 15, 2018

The Mitchell House in Thomasville

Back in the 1800s, Thomasville - in Thomas County in Southwest Georgia- was a popular Winter destination for America's upper class. Some had houses built to stay in while they were here, and others stayed in luxurious hotels. The building you see in this photo is the Mitchell House; this was one of those luxurious hotels! Built in 1885, the Mitchell House was the winter home for many well-to-do winter tourists over the years, including the Vanderbilts and Goodrich families! After the tourist boom faded away in the early 1900's, mainly due to the railroad being extended to Miami, the grand hotels gradually lost the guests to other destinations and closed. Unlike many of the other hotels from this era, the Mitchell House has managed to elude demolition. The building gained new life when a major renovation was completed around 2009 that brought renovations to the existing street-level shops and restaurants & added luxury condominiums to the upper floors! 
Jay Blanton

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