Built by Chicago shoe manufacturer Charles W. Lapham in the winter of 1884-1885, the Lapham-Patterson House is a Queen Anne style home and is one of the first winter cottages built. It cost a grand $4,500 to construct. Ahead of its time, this 19-room home contained hot and cold running water, gas lighting, and built-in closets. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the house is its built-in fire safety features, inspired by Mr. Lapham’s experience as a survivor of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Because of its unique qualities, the house was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1975. Tours are available. Contact the Thomasville History Center at 229.226.7664 for more information.