the history of the paxton

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  • Constructed in 1884, The Paxton was home to James W. Paxton of Wheeling, West Virginia, and his family. Like many northerners during the harsh, colder months of the year, they would retreat south to Thomasville, a thriving vacation community of grand mansions, plantation homes and a resort lifestyle of hunting, horse racing, socializing and entertaining. Operating as a historic inn for 33 years, Carol and Charlie Whitney continue the long-standing tradition of welcoming visitors to Thomasville, Georgia.
  • Carol & Charlie Whitney - The Paxton Inn Thomasville, GA

meet the owners


Carol’s casual southern, coastal Georgia entertaining style and friendly, outgoing nature combined with her hospitality background make her the perfect hostess for your Paxton stay. Be prepared for her wit and charm and ask for her breakfast frittatas, usually packed full of local ingredients, some she grows herself. Carol’s love of Thomasville is contagious and she enjoys exploring the pine forests and spring fed rivers in the Red Hills Region. Charlie’s work on the Paxton started long before it was his. As a renovator of historic homes and buildings, Charlie helped Miss Susie, the former owner, keep the Paxton in tip top shape. Today, his business, C. H. Whitney keeps him busy working on renovations (houses and vintage Land Rovers), negotiating real estate deals and collecting antiques for his shop and the Paxton. You can visit his shop on Remington Avenue in Downtown Thomasville.