Statue of John Warwick Thomas, founder of Thomasville, North Carolina

John Warwick Thomas Statue of the founder of Thomasville, North Carolina

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In the heart of downtown Thomasville, North Carolina, there is a John Warwick Thomas statue depicting the town’s founder.

John Warwick Thomas (1800-1871) founded the town of Thomasville in 1852. The town, located in Davidson County, is noted for the role it played in the furniture industry (along with neighboring North Carolina towns High Point and Lexington). The famed Thomasville Furniture Industries began here, along with several other notable furniture companies (such as Standard Chair, Lambeth Furniture, Thompson Chair, and Queen Chair Company). In fact, Thomasville is so known in the furniture industry that is commonly referred to as the “Chair Town” or “Chair City”, in reference to another local roadside stop in town: The World’s Largest Duncan Phyfe Chair. The town also hosts the state’s oldest festival: Everybody’s Day.

Thomas served as a state representative at 30 years old and, later, became state senator. He invested time and money into building a railroad through Davidson County (Thomasville is also home to the oldest railroad depot in the state) and built the community’s first store. Those efforts earned him the honor of having the town named after him.

A statue of the Thomasville, North Carolina founder stands in the downtown area of town, across the street from where his house stood. It stands right near the famed Thomasville Big Chair just down from the original train depot. Be sure to also check out two other nearby North Carolina roadside attractions: the World’s Largest Highboy Chest of Drawers in Jamestown and the World’s Largest Chest of Drawers in High Point.

Statue of John Warwick Thomas, founder of Thomasville, North Carolina
Statue of John Warwick Thomas, founder of Thomasville, North Carolina

John Warwick Thomas Statue of Thomasville North Carolina Founder

Address: E. Main St, Thomasville, NC 27360, right by the train track crossing (get directions)
Hours: Always visible
Cost: Free to See


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Statue of John Warwick Thomas, founder of Thomasville, North Carolina. This "Chair Town" is also known for The World's Largest Duncan Phyfe Chair. Visit this weird roadside attraction on your U.S. road trip through North Carolina.
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Statue of John Warwick Thomas, founder of Thomasville, North Carolina. This “Chair Town” is also known for The World’s Largest Duncan Phyfe Chair. Visit this weird roadside attraction on your U.S. road trip through North Carolina.
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Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited over 300 roadside attractions across 31 states and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!

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