Taste of Thomasville’s Vision
As an educator in Thomasville for 30 years, I learned to love the town and all of it’s rich history. It is unusual to have a small town like Thomasville have the history, architecture, and culture that Thomasville provides. I retired from teaching and wanted a new career with a purpose. That’s when I had that ah-ah moment and said to myself, “Why can’t a food tour work in Thomasville?” I wanted a way to show off Thomasville’s rich history and of course the wonderful foods that this small town provides. So with many hours of research, working out problems, and working with my restaurants, Taste of Thomasville Food Tour was “born”!
Our goal on every tour is to provide each guest with Thomasville’s rich history, stories, and personal attention. But most of all, we want to have guest sample the award winning foods that we have here in Thomasville. We also want each person to leave with a new respect for our town and know that Thomasville is “Worth the Trip”!
Meet the Founder
Debra Smith, Owner/Guide
I was lucky to be able to retire from teaching in the Thomasville City School System after 30 years. Just before my retirement, my husband and I went to Charleston and went on a food tour. I fell in love with our experience. After I retired, I was bored sitting at home. I had that ah-ah moment…”Why can’t a food tour in Thomasville work?” After researching how to do a food tour, I stumbled on Food Tour Pro. I talked to the instructor. I bought 2 plane tickets for Debbie and me. and we were off to Chicago to learn how to do tours. We came back and spent the next 4 months putting the tour together. March 24, 2013 was the beginning of a new career for me as a business owner and a tour guide. I am so happy that I had that ah-ah moment and glad I started a new chapter in my life. The people I’ve met, the places I’ve travel, and the opportunities I have had have made “retirement” grand, all because of Taste Of Thomasville.
Meet The Taste of Thomasville Team!
Our guides are awesome! Because of this group of wonderful people, we still a excellent rating on TripAdvisor! Meet them below.
I am a retired credit union manager. I lived in Tallahassee for 32 years but moved to Thomasville 2 years ago to help my wife open a business. I love history, walking, reading and oil painting.
I been a ToT guide since March 2017. I am a native of Thomasville and work on a plantation training horses and dogs. To stay true to Thomasville, I love the outdoors especially hunting.
I graduated from Valdosta State University in 2012 where I won 2 National Dance Championships. I teach 6th grade Lang. Arts and Social Studies. I am married to Bradley. We recently had a baby girl.
After retiring from teaching in Florida and Georgia for 44 years, I decided to take a new direction in my life…A tour guide. My hobbies are quilting and refurbishing furniture.
I have been with Taste of Thomasville from the beginning. My love of history makes giving tours of Thomasville a joy. I’m a retired dental tech. My husband and I have 2 sons and 4 grandchildren.