We're celebrating tricks, treats, and all things Halloween at the Lapham-Patterson House and Museum of History!
Tales from the LPH: Secrets, Haunts, & Local Lore
Friday, October 27, 6pm-10pm
The Thomas County Historical Society is proud to honor the long-standing tradition of celebrating tricks, treats, and all things Halloween at the Lapham-Patterson House this fall. For decades, the annual reading of Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven" delighted generations of Thomasville residents. Jeff Lovett will provide a recitation of Edgar Allen Poe's, The Raven, at 6pm.
Following the reading, learn about the history of Halloween, Victorian traditions of "tricks" and "treats," and the unique history of the Lapham-Patterson House and its families. Staff will provide hourly tours at 7pm, 8pm, and 9pm of the Lapham-Patterson House. Tours are available for $10 per adult and $5 per student ages 6-17.
Those guests who would like to paint a pumpkin in the backyard as an added activity may do so for $5 each. Registration is required.
All tours are limited in size, and guests are encouraged to make reservations early! The Bookshelf will host a "pop-up" shop at the Lapham-Patterson House featuring works by Edgar Allen Poe and other seasonal titles for readers of all ages.
- 6pm: Poe Reading, free and open to the public
- 7pm-9pm: Tours available on the hour, advanced registration required, all ages welcome
- 7pm-10pm: Make History: Pumpkin Painting, $5 per pumpkin. Advanced registration required
- 6pm-9pm The Bookshelf Pop-Up Shop
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House on Haunted Hill
Saturday, October 28 8pm-10pm
This year, we are proud to add a new element to the Halloween fun! The public is invited to attend a free screening of House on Haunted Hill, a 1959 thriller starring Vincent Price written by Robb White, a Thomasville native.
Plot: This movie is about a wealthy eccentric Frederick Loren (Vincent Price) has a proposal for five guests at a possibly haunted mansion: Show up, survive a night filled with scares and receive $10,000 each.
The film is appropriate for guests aged 12 and up. Limited concessions will be available for purchase at the event and donations will be accepted.
Guests are asked to bring their own chairs and blankets for seating in the backyard. A $5 cooler fee will be collected upon entry and guests are prohibited from bringing in glass bottles.
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Trick or Treat!
Tuesday, October 31 5pm-8pm
Lapham-Patterson House & Museum of History
Children are invited to trick-or-treat at the Museum of History (725 N. Dawson St.) and the Lapham-Patterson House (626 N. Dawson St.) between 5pm and 8pm on Halloween night while candy supplies last.
Short-term parking is available behind the LPH at the intersection of Webster St. and Young St. Our neighborhood gets very busy, please trick-or-treat safely!
First Come, First Served
While Supplies Last!
25th Annual Chicken Pilau Dinner
Tuesday, November 7, 4:30pm-7pm, Thomas County Museum of History
Election night is almost here which means it is time for the 25th Annual Chicken Pilau Dinner at the Thomas County Museum of History sponsored by Thomasville National Bank.
Prepared and served on the Museum grounds over open fire in cast iron kettles, proceeds from this tradition support the programs and preservation of our community's rich history.
This year's event will be held Tuesday November 7. Dinner will be served from 4:30pm-7pm. Tickets are on sale now and will be available online and at the Museum. Diners may choose to eat-in or take-out their dinners.
Tickets are $8 each and plates include: pilau, coleslaw, pickles, crackers, and dessert provided by Flowers Baking Co., Thomasville.