Photographs by Ellen Tew: Destination Downtown Tour, Friday, April 24, 2015 6:30 p.m. tour with Thomaston-Upson Archives Director Penny Cliff. These photographs are from the last of three tours of the history of downtown. The tours were a part of a series of events celebrating Georgia Cities Week/Make Thomaston Shine. The City of Thomaston sponsored the tours and paid for the T-Shirts. Look for upcoming tours.
Remembering the tragic and world-changing events which happened in April, Dwain Penn has created the Thomaston-Upson Archives April display. Included in the display are: the sinking of the Titanic (April 15, 1912); the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (April 4, 1968); the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt (April 12, 1945); the bombardment of Fort Sumter, SC by Confederates (April 12, 1861); the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln (April 15, 1865); and the surrender of General Robert E. Lee of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia to Lt. General Ulysses S. Grand at Appomattox, Virginia (April 9, 1865).
Celebrating “Let’s Make Thomaston Shine,” Georgia Cities Week, three free downtown walking tours will be given on Friday, April 24 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “Destination Downtown.” The tours are limited to 12 people per tour. All tours will meet in the Thomaston-Upson Archives parking lot at 301 S. Center Street.
Director of the Thomaston-Upson Archives, Penny Cliff, will share stories of munching mules, the Yankee spy, and history hidden in plain sight. Each member of the tour will have downtown Sanborn maps to take the group back in time. After the tour, participants will see downtown with brand new eyes. Each tour is limited to 12. Everyone who signs up will receive a specially designed “Destination Downtown” T-shirt courtesy of the City of Thomaston. All T-shirts are size large.
For those who wish to go on a tour after the tours are filled up, later tours will be made available to the public and will be publicized.
To sign up for one of the three tours please call the Thomaston-Upson Archives with the tour time, names and contact information. The contact number is 706 646 2437.
In case of inclement weather, the tours will be rescheduled.