Lapham-Patterson House

Lapham-Patterson House, Thomasville: Address, Phone Number, Lapham-Patterson House Reviews: 4.5/5

Lapham-Patterson House
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Victorian period house built in 1885 by Mr. Charles Lapham. House has Queen Anne, Stick and Victorian period elements. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for those 18 and under.
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torch28
San Diego, CA12 contributions
Jan 2020
We visited this house in January. It was a very interesting design. The middle part of the house was a regular house which had 2 wings coming off the side. We had a tour and the guide was very rote at first in his presentation. The number questions we asked the more interesting it became. The guide seemed to enjoy breaking out of his normal “spiel”. After walking into the entry way we went directly into the dining room which I thought was very unusual. I would recommend seeing the house if you’re in the area.
Written February 8, 2020
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Ileana F
Miami, FL19 contributions
Dec 2020
Odd shaped house with plenty of interesting and tragic stories. A great example of community effort to restore a jewel. It has 3 floors which you visit during your tour and no 2 rooms are alike. Highly recommended.
Written December 25, 2020
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Tommy B
7 contributions
Jan 2021
My wife and I knew the outside of the house was pretty, however, the inside was amazing. This is truly a one of a kind home. The structure and design of the house was beautiful. Our tour guide was excellent in sharing the history of the house.
Written January 25, 2021
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Noel78
Tennessee489 contributions
Jun 2021
Built by Charles Willard Lapham born under the sun sign of Cancer in 1852, a man who the docent described as having odd tastes and an interest in mysticism, requested his 1885 mansion be built at an angle on its plot and without 90 degree angles inside.

The result is one of the least becoming late 19th century homes that I have toured. I immediately detected some bad energies when I entered the structure. Then, the docent told of tragedies that affected three different families who owned the property and how Lapham nearly died in a fire and his estranged wife did die from a house fire.

The house has unusual features (a double flued chimney and a 3rd floor pool room into which every equinox the sun casts a pattern on its floor). There is too much mojo in the place for me to enjoy any aspect of it.

Thomasville is a charming town filled with great 19th century properties. Is too bad that this quirky old mansion is the one the public is allowed to tour. Tix are $10 for adults.
Written June 13, 2021
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MysteriousIslander
Big Pine Key, FL326 contributions
C.W. Lapham built this beautiful mansion in 1885. Like many people of the era he believed that architecture mimicking the organic lines and curves of nature made healthier living environments - so this home was designed without a single right angle in its floorplan. A retail shoe mogul who survived the Chicago Fire, Lapham likewise insisted that every room on the ground floor feature a door to the outside and those above a balcony egress. Our tour guide described the layout of the house and its rooms as "quirky", which is most certainly an understatement. Nonetheless, this marvelously preserved example of unique Victorian Feng Shui is a real treat for connoisseurs of the Gilded Age. Tour guides are friendly and knowledgable, the price negligible and the experience memorable.
Written April 7, 2012
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fun4us
Thomasville30 contributions
Although this great home was closed for a time being, it is now back open to show. It is very unique and loved to walk the tour and hear the stories.
Written May 20, 2013
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Sonntag1
Oberursel (Taunus), Germany14 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
We came to the Lapham-Patterson House after official closing time and had already lost all hope to be able to see this absolutely must-see mansion - but by coincidence tour-guide Joshua drove by and saw us standing by the entrance, frantically ringing the door-bell. He stopped, opened the house only for us and gave us an unbelievably memorable tour. The house is indeed amazing, but you need someone as knowledgeable and enthusiastic as Joshua to explain it to you. He really knows everything that is there to know about the house which is amazing, quirkly, esoteric and truly impressive.
Written February 18, 2018
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Victoria S
2 contributions
Sep 2017 • Family
We visited the Lapham-Patterson House today and had a fabulous time! What a wonderful house! The house was absolutely beautiful and our tour guide Josh was so knowledgeable! I think Josh was one of the highlights of our tour!( He also gave us advice on a great restaurant for dinner!) We arrived at the house as Josh was doing his last tour. instead of sending us away, he graciously invited us in and let us join the tour. After the tour was over, he took us back through the house to show us what areas we had missed prior to joining the tour. He never rushed us and offered to answer any questions we might have had. We had such a pleasant experience that we will be back again soon!
Written September 23, 2017
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springlering
Marietta, GA508 contributions
Apr 2017 • Couples
I have wanted to see this house since I saw it pictures in a book nearly forty years ago. I was surprised to see that it's now a state park, so I talked my husband into taking a detour on our way to FL just to see it. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable about the house and local history as well. While the tour was very informal, we learned a lot about the three families that lived there, including the rather OCD builder, and the truly ironic family tragedy. Just a fascinating house and well worth a visit.
Written April 22, 2017
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Tricia Y
Valencia, Spain34 contributions
Mar 2016 • Family
This historic home, now a museum, is unique and quirky. Built by a survivor of the great Chicago fire, every room in the house has a door leading to the outside. The house is also known for the owner's specifications that it contain no right angles, which make it architecturally very interesting. The interior woodwork is gorgeous. Special events are held throughout the year, like the open house during Thomasville's annual Victorian Christmas celebration. We have also attended celebrations in the large back yard, complete with outdoor marquis and live music. A lovely setting for special events. The guides for the house tours are very knowledgeable, and provided some fascinating information about the house. Located on Dawson street in the heart of historic downtown Thomasville, it is surrounded by many other beautiful homes. Well worth a visit.
Written July 12, 2016
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