Thomasville is part of the area unofficially known as “The furniture capital of America.” Thomasville Furniture has a showroom here, displaying high-end bedroom and dining room sets. There are dozens of wholesale and retail stores for furniture in the city, including Royal Colony, Urban Classics, and Simplicity Sofas. Antique lovers can easily spend hours at the Thomasville Emporium Antique Mall. Dozens of dealers fill this antique emporium with rare and vintage collectibles. Everything from grandfather clocks to Coca-Cola items are here, waiting to be discovered and given a new place in your home or office.
Perhaps nothing is as famous in Thomasville as its most beloved and well-known landmark, The Big Chair. This concrete, 30-foot tall chair was built in 1951. Thousands of people have had their picture taken in the chair, from Lyndon B. Johnson to several mayors of the city. It is also listed in Ripley’s Believe It or Not. If you love trains, step back in time to the 1870 Train Depot. Home to the Thomasville Visitors Center, this depot is one of the oldest still standing in North Carolina. This tiny yellow depot has been around since 1870 and was lovingly restored in the late 1970s.
Thomasville has plenty of restaurants to satisfy your appetite in a grand Southern tradition. Sunrise Diner will start your morning right with a warm, crispy waffle and sweet, salty ham. The T-Ville Diner has some of the best Southern food in the city, and well worth stopping in for lunch. Cozy both inside and out, specialties include chicken and dumplings, meatloaf, and fried chicken livers. For dinner, Loflin’s Diner has been a city staple for years. A meat and potatoes kind of restaurant, the food is inexpensive and delicious. End your meal with a stop at Cook Out for some ice cream or frozen yogurt.