Thomasville Times Enterprise

June 12, 2014

Campers travel through time

Susanne Reynolds

THOMASVILLE — Fourteen enthusiastic children recently completed a journey through the history of Thomas County at the Museum of History’s Time Travelers Club summer camp.

The campers progressed through Thomas County history with each day packed with hands-on activities. Campers had the opportunity to learn from master potter Marty Haythorn. He taught them how Native Americans in this area made pottery. Also, Gibby Conrad from the Tallahassee Museum of History and Chehaw staff member Ben Kirkland taught the students about Native American life.

Pioneer Day included baking biscuits on the hearth of the 1860 log house, churning butter, weaving, plowing and planting a garden. Ante-bellum and Civil War activities included a presentation by Jeremy and Michael Petrella on the experiences of Union and Confederate soldiers; ladies’ contributions to Civil War espionage modeled and interpreted by Annette Harrell; and hands -on practice in the art of tie-dying by Lea Sampson.

Victorian Day was popular as campers bowled in the 1896 bowling alley; toured the 1885 Lapham-Patterson House; hand-churned ice cream with the assistance of volunteer Mary Jo Beverly; and quilted with instruction by Melissa Sanford.

The camp wrapped up with a tour of downtown Thomasville in the City of Thomasville’s trolley pulled by John Wood; making light bulbs based on a design by John Hand with materials and instruction provided by Dan and Melissa Sanford; and a pageant written and acted by the Time Travelers for family and friends.

The Thomas County Historical Society extends thanks to all who helped make this year’s Time Travelers Club Camp a success. The 17th annual history camp was made possible by grants from the Thomasville Antiques Show Foundation, the Thomasville Town Committee of the Colonial Dames and volunteer of all ages.

Adult volunteers Pam Tucker, Clarice King, Doris Davies and Claire Thomas offered helping hands behind the scenes. Counselors included former Time Travelers, Maggie Bowden, Victoria Hurst and Annalee Jackson; and junior counselors, Mack Rosenbury and Brooke Giemza.

This year’s Time Travelers included Matthew Slaughter, Victoria Sanford, Katie Giemza, Mary DuBose Miles, Mary Claire Chapman, Drake Lanatta, Rebekah Slaughter, Benjamin Slaughter, Lizzie Rinehart, Hannah Richardson, Brandt Herndon, Delaney Dyksterhouse, Maggie May and Franklin Beverly.

The Thomas County Historical Society will present Victorian Thomasville Camp on Tuesday, June 24, through Thursday, June 26, at the Lapham-Patterson House. Activities include watercolors, soap-making, croquet, bowling, hot air balloon launching using balloons made by the campers and much more.

Registration is open to rising third through sixth graders. Member fees are $75 and non-member fees are $100.

For more information, visit To register, call the Museum of History at (229) 226-7664.