Celebrate Spring with Attingham Alumni and Friends in  


March 14-17, 2019

Join us in 2019 for the annual American Friends of Attingham Study Trip to Thomasville, Georgia and the surrounding area. After the Civil War, Northern industrialists began purchasing vast tracts of land around Thomasville and northern Florida for hunting and as an escape from harsh northern winters. By the turn of the century, many families had purchased or built hunting plantations and the area became the preeminent location for quail hunting in the United States – an esteem the area still holds today.

The “Quail Belt” is dotted with privately-owned historic hunting plantations and gardens, and architects including John Russell Pope, William Frank McCall, Jr., John Wind, and Theodore Rommerdall designed houses in the area. The Study Trip will visit several plantations, including Pebble Hill Plantation, a 3,000 acre property listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Pebble Hill includes numerous outbuildings and a Greek Revival-style Main House furnished with prime antiques and decorative arts and includes the Elisabeth Ireland Poe Sporting Art Gallery. The group will also visit Dixie Plantation, where land management, research and conservation are key focuses. Privately-owned houses to be visited include Live Oak Plantation, Greenwood PlantationMillpond Plantation, and the Hardaway House among others. There will also be a chance to visit some of the winter cottages in the historic district and enjoy the downtown area with its charming shops and restaurants.

A very special thanks to Whitney White ’16, SP ’18, the Executive Director at Pebble Hill Plantation, for hosting the 2019 Study Trip!


It’s difficult to sum up in a few words what Thomasville has meant to me over my life thus far: family, home, history, and inspiration are several that come immediately to mind. And what a treat for my fellow Attingham alums to get a glimpse of this place that my family has known and loved for five generations. From Pebble Hill, with its elegant stable where I learned to ride, to Millpond where my mom, as a girl, ran through the scary and mysterious palm trees in its glass courtyard at night, to the stately portico of Greenwood that charmed Jock and Betsey Whitney, and of course to the lovely town itself with its beautiful architecture and pleasing climate that has continued to pull so many Yankees from the frigid North during quail season—you will see it all. I’m jealous and sad that I can’t be there with you!Gil Schafer III, ‘95, SP ‘97

In my experience, Thomasville is an archetype of the Anglo-American taste in the British country house tradition. From visiting the town centerpiece, Pebble Hill, styled after an English estate, to its historic town core, Thomasville rewards visitors with a rich set of experiences drawn from traditional landscapes, significant period architecture, and important examples of the fine and decorative art. One can pretend, without guile, that one is heading to Thomasville for acute scholarly reasons, but a silent truth might be that one is going here for the hospitality of the place which is legion.Thomas Jayne ‘81, SP ‘88, ‘91, ‘94, ‘09

Thomasville, Georgia is a “don’t miss” destination for any serious student of American architecture and culture. Layered and complex, its history is inextricably linked to the rise and fall of American fortunes in both north and south. As the southernmost point travelers could reach by train following the Civil War, Thomasville attracted the grand and the good from the north and Midwest who re-imagined southern traditions and built and restored plantations and country places using architects from Boston, New York and Cleveland. A majority of these “shooting places” remain in the ownership of the families who created them. Thomasville’s social fluidity, architectural complexity and history of tolerance betray all preconceptions and simplifications of “Southern” culture. Today, a vibrant preservation movement makes Thomasville among the most interesting of small southern cities.Tom Savage ’80 SP ’87–’94, ’00



Registration: The cost of the Study Trip is $950 per person, (and a suggested $300 donation to AFA, tax-deductible to the extent of the law) which includes all tours, most meals, and transportation during the trip. (Airport transfers to/from the Tallahassee, FL airport will be an additional charge of $125 round-trip.)

Hotel Reservations:  Participants are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. There is a room block reserved at the Hampton Inn in Thomasville for a nightly rate of $98 + tax. All activities will depart from the Hampton Inn. To book a room, please call the hotel directly at (229) 227-0040 and mention American Friends of Attingham to receive the group rate. The rate can be used for check in starting on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 – Sunday, March 17, 2019. (The deadline for reserving rooms at the group rate is Feb. 13, 2019.)

Getting to Thomasville: The closest airport to Thomasville is the Tallahassee, FL International Airport (1 hour) and, for an additional $125, AFA will arrange round-trip airport transfers by car service from the Tallahassee airport. You may also choose to rent a car and drive to Thomasville from the following cities/airports (most major rental car companies available): Tallahassee, FL (1 hour), Jacksonville, FL (2.5 hours), Atlanta, GA (3.5 hours).

For any questions and to register, please contact:  or call (212) 682-6840.

Itinerary in formation and subject to change.