The Paxton house was built in 1884 by James W. Paxton of Wheeling, West Virginia. Like many northerners of his time, Mr. Paxton retreated from cold northern winters to his residence in Thomasville. In 1989 Susie Sherrod, a retired Army Colonel, bought the Paxton House and set about meticulously restoring its Victorian features and making it into an elegant but comfortable bed and breakfast. She welcomed guests until August of 2014 when Carol and Charlie Whitney took the reins and continue to welcome guests from far and wide to Thomasville.
Threatened with development in the 1970s the designation of the Tockwotten Historic District helped start the preservation movement in Thomasville to protect historical and cultural assets. The Tockwotten Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Its mix of antebellum houses, big oaks and fragrant magnolias make it one of the South’s most beautiful historic districts. Best viewed on foot, so you can see all of the details and peer into the gardens, it is an easy, short stroll around the neighborhood and a step back in time.