EXPLORE Field Trips

On-Site Programs Incorporate

Each program incorporates the current Georgia Standards for Excellence for Social Studies, Grades 2-12. Our programs begin with a 10-minute introduction to local history topics using archival images and maps from the Museum’s collections. Instructors can choose three “rotations ” including the Lapham-Patterson House.

New in 2018

Basement & Fall-Out Shelter: The basement multi-purpose room of the Museum has undergone a full renovation and will be available as a “classroom” space. Included in this space is an authentic 1950s Fall Out Shelter, constructed by the Roberts family who lived at 725 N. Dawson from the late 1930s through the late 1960s.

Learning Garden: Located behind the Joyner House, the raised beds will supplement our interpretation of Thomas County’s agricultural past and features vegetables, herbs, and cotton!

PHONE

(229) 226-7664

WHEN

Monday – Friday: 9AM – 4PM

GROUP SIZE

Maximum of 60 Students Per Visit
Groups Larger than 60 must schedule a split visit.

WHERE - CHOOSE 3

Museum, Lapham-Patterson House, Flowers-Roberts House, Oliver C. Ewart Bowling Alley, Rufus Smith Log House, Emily Joyner House, Metcalfe Courthouse, Flowers Playhouse, Roberts Garage

HOW MUCH

Schools & Students Located in Thomas County: FREE 
Outside of Thomas County:
Student: $1 | Chaperone: $3

The programs listed below reflect existing programs but if you are interested in creating a new theme or topic, please let us know!

Our Story: Thomas County History

Select any three rotations to create a customized field trip to suit your curriculum needs. Activities focused on the property of the Museum of History and the Lapham-Patterson House

The First People

Native Americans in South Georgia: Who were the first inhabitants of South Georgia? Thomas County was created December 24, 1825, but its historical significance goes much farther back in time. In fact, much of South Georgia is made of what land once inhabited by Creek Indians, who had occupied this area for hundreds of years. Explore the culture, customs, and technology of our community’s first residents.

South Georgia’s Pioneers

Native Americans in South Georgia: Who were the first inhabitants of South Georgia? Thomas County was created December 24, 1825, but its historical significance goes much farther back in time. In fact, much of South Georgia is made of what land once inhabited by Creek Indians, who had occupied this area for hundreds of years. Explore the culture, customs, and technology of our community’s first residents.

The Victorians: Thomasville’s Resort Era

What made a small southern town one of the most popular resort destinations of the Gilded Age? Tour the Lapham-Patterson House, bowl in the 1896 O.C. Ewart Bowling Alley, and play a few rounds of croquet and graces as we discuss Thomasville’s Victorian history, traditions, and architecture.

We the People: Democracy & Voting in Thomas County

Learn about the three branches of government and the elections process in the 1892 Metcalf Courthouse. Learn about democracy as you hold a mock election or discuss the judicial system while conducting a mock trial.

ADD-ON ACTIVITIES

Add-On Activities can be used in conjunction with tours of two (2) of the Museum’s historic buildings or the Lapham-Patterson House.

Museum Scavenger Hunt
Traditional Games & Toys
Croquet
Archaeology
Cooking (+$)

*$50/group. Please inform the Museum if there are any food allergy issues within your group before arrival as the group will be able to eat what they make.

Contact Us

For more information or to schedule your next program please complete the form below or e-mail amelia@thomascountyhistory.org. Please include the total number of students in your inquiry.