THOMASVILLE — Thomasville falls directly into "Southern Living" magazine readers' idea of what the best Southern small town is all about.

Thomasville is one of 20 Southern small towns — from Virginia to Florida, to North Carolina to Texas and states in between —  chosen by readers for the honor.

Thomasville was described as having a charming downtown with one-of-a-kind boutiques and eateries. Downtown Thomasville is the city's calling card, according to "Southern Living" magazine.

"Our city has all the ingredients that people are looking for in making small town life a reality," said Bonnie Hayes, City of Thomasville tourism manager. "We have a thriving downtown that’s a true city center, and where you can easily become a 'regular' whether it’s in the coffee shop or the dress shop. We are fortunate to be supported by our city, and surrounded by arts and cultural organizations that bring stellar events to life, creating a quality of life that our residents love, and that appeals to our visitors."

Southern Living stated good small towns have in common "an authentic sense of place and locals who get more excited about preservation and reinvention than demolition."

Hayes said it is evident preserving Thomasville's historical fabric is at the heart of the city.

"The historic Victorian homes and neighborhoods, downtown buildings and more, and those people behind the scenes, all work seamlessly to retain this historic character," Hayes said. "Historic character is something that cannot be recreated and feel authentic. Today’s visitor is looking for something authentic, and when they come to Thomasville, they know they’ve found it."

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820 

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