When Barry Pollock, a Thomas County Federal Savings & Loan Association vice president, contacted Landmarks about an historic house recently surrendered by its owner, Landmarks Executive Director Brent Runyon wasn’t sure it was a good project for Landmarks at the moment.
Landmarks is heavily involved in neighborhood revitalization efforts and now owns four houses in the Victoria Place redevelopment area, one in Tockwotton and two in the Warren Avenue neighborhood.
Taking on another house outside the targeted areas was not going to be an easy thing to do anytime soon, Runyon said.
What makes Landmarks an effective community partner, however, is that it recognizes when good historic properties can be saved and tailors its approach to each one, Runyon added.
The Richard Williams Sr. House, 310 Magnolia St., is historically important for its architecture and its association with African-American history.
According to Jack Hadley’s tour guide, Williams, one of the first three black letter carriers in Thomasville, built the house prior to 1910.
His daughter, Mildred Williams Newton, was a well-known local educator. It was said she kept such a clean house that you “could eat off her floors,” Runyon said.
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