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plant tagPlant ID Tags

The grounds at Pebble Hill are covered with beautiful shrubs and magnificent trees, many planted in the early twentieth century. Guests constantly inquire about these plantings. Other patrons are looking for definitive type and color information when the camellias and azaleas are in blossom. Members of Thomasville’s Briarcliff Garden Club have been gathering information in the plantation’s gardens for well over a year to provide answers. Pebble Hill docents Taylor Littlefield and Hazel Courtney (also a Briarcliff member) have just finished placing identification markers by trees and shrubs around the Main House. Are you interested in horticulture or thinking about upgrading your landscape? To see and learn more, check out the new markers in Pebble Hill’s gardens.


faceliftPainting Receives Facelift

If you have visited the Elisabeth Ireland Poe Gallery in the last month, you will have noticed a good friend missing from the wall of the Main Gallery. John Emms’ wonderful painting of hounds and puppies has been out for a bit of restoration. Yost Conservation, one of the nation’s finest firms, has been repairing a small spot of damage and refurbishing the painting.  The handsome painting should be back home for all to enjoy in less than 2 months. The masterful maintenance will have the painting ready to endure another fifty years.



First Graders Visit Pebble Hill

106 first graders visit Pebble Hill. Read More




rotariansTaiwanese Rotarians Visit Pebble Hill

Rotarians from Taiwan were in Thomasville this week as part of Rotary’s Group Study Exchange and included Pebble Hill Plantation in their visit. Read More



Ford grillAntique Car Club Visit

Members of the Horseless Carriage Club of America rolled into Pebble Hill recently and filled the parking lot with their magnificently restored antique automobiles. Read More


Shotgun Dinner Club

The Shotgun Dinner Club recently held an event in a very unique location - the basement of Pebble Hill's Main House. To view a video showcasing this event. . .Read More


camelliaPlant Identification Project 

Members of the Briarcliff Garden Club are currently out and about at PHP identifying the plantings, many of which were planted when Kate Hanna Ireland Harvey was mistress at the Plantation. Read More



New Watercolor Exhibit Opens

South Georgia, North Florida Reflections, a beautiful exhibit of watercolor paintings by four of the Tallahassee Watercolor Society’s most accomplished artists, opens at Pebble Hill. The artists include Nancy Banks, Rosemary Ferguson, Nina Freeman and Esther Tubbs. The exhibit, located on the upper floor of Pebble Hill's Main House (in The Galleries), will remain open February 17 thru March 31, 2013 during regular PHP hours.



Remembering Christmas 2012

A great time was had by all at this year’s Plantation Family Christmas event.  Pebble Hill staff worked together to decorate the entire plantation with glittering lights, festive ribbons, and elegant greenery. Docent Hazel Courtney organized all decorations and made sure every detail was in place to create a splendid holiday display throughout the Main House and grounds. We welcomed over 700 guests to share the holiday season with us on Saturday, December 8th.  Activities included hayrides, make-n-take crafts for kids, a visit from Santa, and a tour through the Main House. Monday, January 7th, we carefully packed away all the cheerful décor and can’t help but feel excited to do it all again next year for such a treasured community event. For photos of the Plantation Family Christmas event 2012, please visit our Plantation Family Christmas 2012 photo gallery. There are also some photos of the interior of the Main House all decked out for the holidays as well as a few other decorations/decorators photos located in this album.


Dubo by Don RambadtNew Exhibits Open at Pebble Hill

PWAF Art at Home in Thomasville and Family Photographs by Fabulous Photographers. Both exhibits will be on display on the upper floor of Pebble Hill’s Main House. For more details about these exhibits and the opening event that was held October 28, 2012 . . .Read More



Red Hat LadiesRed Hat Ladies Visit Pebble Hill

Nine lovely ladies dressed up, put on their most striking hats and came for a day out at Pebble Hill. Docent Alan Zauche reported that these effervescent females had a grand time and kept him entertained throughout the entire tour. Alan is looking forward to their return visit. 



Quail huntingQuail Hunting, South Georgia Style

Pebble Hill Plantation Director, Wallace Goodman, Sinkola Managing Partner, Gates Kirkham, and Melrose Plantation Manager, Terry Chastain shared their knowledge at a lecture entitled “Quail Hunting, South Georgia Style.” Read More


plantingLandscaping Docents

The West Entrance and the South Porch get a “sprucing up” for fall by PHP docents. Read More




KatieKatie Hart

Katie Hart recently received her degree in Interior Design from FSU and has been sharing her talents with Pebble Hill. She has rearranged the Butler’s Pantry and created wonderful displays of culinary objects for that area and the kitchen. Patrons are now able to see more of the plantation’s collections and will better appreciate the lovely items Miss Pansy selected for use in her home. Thanks Katie for a job well done!


Chinese studentsChinese Students Visit

Pebble Hill Plantation hosted twenty Chinese students working on their Masters in Business Administration through Thomas University. The students spent time touring the PHP main house and grounds Saturday, September 15, 2012.

Their first year at Thomas University was spent in distance learning and their second year has brought them to campus in the Thomasville.


new tramNew Tram

Kids with a new toy? Well almost!   Members of the Pebble Hill staff try out the brand new tram that will be used to take patrons from the Visitor Center to the Main House. Docents are always willing to give a lift to guests who have trouble walking up to the pebble drive.



in the wagonSummer Fun

Summer provides students with time to visit Pebble Hill. Youngsters from St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Tallahassee, were recently at the plantation having a spectacular time. The day included learning about the plantation’s history, having a wagon ride around the grounds, touring the main house, playing PHP games, and doing a craft project. Lunch was served in the Cow Barn, (fortunately people food was on the menu and not hay).



decorating tableSetting the Table

PHP docents Carol Edwards and Hazel Courtney had a great time working together setting the table in the Formal Dining Room. Carol and Hazel chose a beautiful period lace table cloth and plates from the Royal Worcester collection “Audubon Birds of America.” White linen napkins with a KBH monogram, Kate Benedict Harvey, add a crisp summer feel. The table and other articles of furniture in the room are accented with pieces from the plantation’s collection of green-cut-to-clear crystal. The light, airy, comfortable yet formal ambiance is one we are sure Miss Pansy would have enjoyed.



EstherEsther Tubbs, Watercolorist

Esther Tubbs, Pebble Hill docent, is a watercolorist par excellence. When not touring patrons through the Elisabeth Ireland Poe Gallery, Esther is in her studio pursuing her first love, painting. The Tallahassee Watercolor Society just honored Esther by awarding her “signature.”  The select group of signature painters is made up of those who have been chosen to participate numerous times in the society’s tri-state juried shows. Esther may now add “TaWS,” the society’s official monogram, after her name when she signs her work. This is an honor achieved by few, and we at Pebble Hill say “Good job Esther; we are proud of you!” 



KateKate Douglass Leaves PHP

Kate Douglass, recent graduate from the master’s program at FSU, is leaving Pebble Hill behind to pursue her dreams of arts management in New York City. Read More



TWCTallahassee Watercolor Society Visit

Sunday, May 20th, was the day for the Tallahassee Watercolor Society to visit Pebble Hill. Twenty-one of the organizations members toured the Main House focusing primarily on the Pebble Hill collection of fine art. The group kept house manager Barbara Cohenour on her toes with their questions about the art, the artists, the painting techniques use, and even the architectural history of the plantation. After their tour, members had a business meeting and then toured the grounds on their own. We at Pebble Hill are looking forward to the group’s returning, paint brushes in hand, and capturing the beauty of Pebble Hill.


Shepherd relativesJ. Clinton Shepherd Relatives

Main House staff members are always excited when guests appear who have ties to Pebble Hill. MSgt. Dennis & Cheryl DeNoi, USMC (Ret.), relatives of PHP muralist J. Clinton Shepherd, came through recently. Dennis remembers visiting the artist’s home as a boy and being enchanted by a maquette of a World War I doughboy. Shepherd had made the small model in preparation for a life-size bronze sculpture. The Master Sergeant said “I was always interested in things military, and this small figure really caught my eye.” Of course those of us at Pebble Hill most often think of Shepherd as a painter, and it was interesting and informative to learn that he was also an accomplished sculptor.


vintage BuickBuicks

Over 100 Buick drivers visited Pebble Hill as part of a cross-country drive in vintage and modern automobiles. From such faraway places as Michigan and Minnesota, the driving club members were captivated by Pebble Hill. For many visiting Pebble Hill was their first experience on a southern plantation. The PHP parking lot was filled with beautifully restored cars that provided an extra attraction for other visitors who just happened to be at the plantation on this lucky day.


Germany guestsGermany Guests

Theresa and Joe Brown recently brought their European houseguests to Pebble Hill Plantation. While their daughter and son-in-law, Dr. Christoph and Jennifer Buller, grandson Ben and their co-inlaws Rainer and Anne Graf and Grafin von Prasma toured the Main House. Theresa and granddaughter, Lilly, visited the stables and carriage collection accompanied by docent/intern Kate Douglass. Dr. and Mrs. Buller and family have recently moved from Parma, Italy to Dublin, Ireland. The Prashmas, from Bielefeld in northern Germany, are not fluent in English so they were delighted when Pebble Hill docent Liesa Bottka gave their tour in both English and German. - a small world story, Liesa grew up in Bielefield, Germany where the Prashmas currently live. Multilingual Liesa provides tours for PHP guests in both German and Spanish.


Parker's VaultParker's vault Lecture

On Monday evening, March 12, 2012, Pebble Hill patrons and docents gathered to learn about the treasures found in “Parker’s Vault.” Read More



silver stirrup cupParker's Vault

New exhibit in Pebble HIll's Lifestyles Gallery features articles recently discovered in Parker's Vault. Read More




Homecoming smallPebble Hill Homecoming Highlights

Memories of guests, relatives, and other visitors to Pebble Hill are valuable as we continue to develop a comprehensive history of the plantation and the wonderful people who lived here. Read More






Diningroom CenterpieceThe Holidays Are Over

Now that we have all had time to take a breath, let’s take a moment for a second look at the plantation during a most beautiful time of the year. Read More





tree topper TCPLCommunity Christmas Trees

Expect the unexpected when you come to see the beautiful Community Christmas Trees on the Carriage Circle at Pebble Hill. Read More




It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Pebble Hill is getting into the holiday spirits as decorating begins. Read More






King & EarleChildren Love to Visit PHP

Has your child’s class or Sunday school group been to PHP for a great adventure lately? To find out more info about booking a group...Read More




visiting PWAF artistsPWAF Artists Visit PHP

Many of the patrons and artists associated with the Plantation Wildlife Art Festival include Pebble Hill on their lists of things they must do while in town. Read More




On Pint Collection logo

On Point Collection Sale at Pebble Hill

The exclusive On Point Collection was made available for sale in the Garden Cottage at Pebble Hill Plantation on Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3 - your chance to purchase a unique gift for those discerning individuals on your Christmas list. Sale hours were 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. This event will be back next year. Visit our site for dates when event is scheduled. For more information about this collection, please visit the On Point Collection website at -



new tractorOld McDonald Never Had It So Good

Air-conditioned, workhorse tractor finds home at Pebble Hill. Read More





Glen CampbellReflections on Glen Campbell

The Country Music Awards and Pebble Hill - what do they have in common? Read More





FSU studentsFSU Museum Studies Students Visit PHP

Over thirty FSU students who are taking their introductory class in Museum Studies descended on PHP for a first look at the real world of museum operations. These students, both undergrads and graduate students, are working toward a certificate in museum management that will compliment their main courses of study. A number of the students visiting Pebble Hill are art history majors, some are art majors, and some are planning to become directors of non-profit organizations. PHP’s registrar, Annie Wade, toured students through the archive, displayed interesting documents not regularly on exhibit, and explained the behind-the-scenes operations of a museum. Barbara Cohenour discussed the creation of the new Elisabeth Ireland Poe Gallery and fielded questions about working in a museum. Kate Douglass, FSU graduate student, past intern, and current docent, touted the value of her internship and encouraged students to supplement their classroom studies with similar hands on experiences. 


garden club membersGarden Club Members Clean Up PHP Cemeteries

Members of the Granada Garden Club enjoyed a beautiful fall Saturday morning at PHP while helping  with cemetery maintenance. Thanks to all for the assistance! Read More





plein air painterPlein Air Painters Enjoy Beauty of Pebble Hill

The Plein Air Painters, part of the Tallahassee Watercolor Society, spread across the plantation on Family and Friends Day as guests looked over their shoulders. Read More




Red-cockaded Woodpecker Population on Pebble Hill

Biologists Joe Burnam (Georgia DNR) and Jim Cox (Tall Timbers) conducted a survey of the Red-cockaded Woodpecker population on Pebble Hill last week. Pebble Hill supports approximately 20 woodpeckers distributed among 5 active territories and represents one of the core areas for the regional woodpecker population. Woodpecker activities on Pebble Hill are conducted under the Safe Harbor Program, which helps to promote woodpecker conservation through reduced regulations and incentives. Pebble Hill was the first property in Georgia to sign up for this program, and this leadership role has helped to promote the Safe Harbor Program throughout Georgia ( ). Burnam oversees the Safe Harbor Program (, and he and Cox will likely replace a few of the older artificial cavities constructed on Pebble Hill and also use some of the juveniles that hatched this year to help bolster woodpecker numbers elsewhere in the region.


2011 Family & Friends Event is Huge Success

Pebble Hill welcomed 970 guests Sunday, October 16th, for the Family and Friends event. The weather was beautiful and perfect for strolling around Pebble Hill. Read More




Mrs. Scott & PHP staffFlorida's First Lady Visits Pebble Hill

Ann Scott, the wife of Florida Governor Rick Scott, spent the afternoon at Pebble Hill learning about our wonderful house museum and discussing our very successful docent-led tour program. Read More




PHP downtownDowntown Presence

Visit with a Pebble Hill representative the next time you are in downtown Thomasville on a Saturday. Learn about all of our upcoming events and classes, take a virtual tour, get driving directions, and discuss our many venues for entertaining. Joy Basford, the first docent to represent Pebble Hill at the downtown location, reports that she had a great time visiting with the locals as well as those from out-of-town - Joy is shown far left in photo. The Pebble Hill kiosk is located next to Limelight, on the Westside of Broad. We look forward to meeting you!



Knott House ExhibitKnott House Exhibit "Quest for Quail"

PHP Museum Director enjoys the Knott House exhibit “Quest for Quail: A Tallahassee Hunting Tradition.” Read More




soonersPebble Hill Attracts Football Fans

A large number of Oklahoma University football fans invaded Tallahassee for the much anticipated game with Florida State University [FSU] and took the opportunity to visit Pebble Hill. Read More




World Travelers Visit PHWorld Travelers Visit Pebble Hill

On Tuesday, August 16, 2011, a visitor from Italy and one from Germany came to Pebble Hill as guests of Thomasville resident Theresa Brown. Theresa’s granddaughter, Lilly Buller, a resident of Parma, Italy, requested the return trip to Pebble Hill. Lilly toured PHP a couple of years ago and wanted most of all to visit with her favorite PHP attraction, the wonderful horses. Read More



Dr. Nick Bottka and Dr. Klaus von KlitzingDistinguished Visitor Tours Pebble Hill

A distinguished visitor toured Pebble Hill July 27th, 2011. Nobel Prize winner Dr. Klaus von Klitzing, of Stuttgart, Germany, was in the area for the Tallahassee Mag Lab (National High Magnetic Field Laboratory) Conference. Read More





100 Degrees of Fun at Pebble Hill100 Degrees of Fun at Pebble Hill

An excited and energetic group of children from Celebration Baptist Church in Tallahassee descended on PHP the mornings of August 3rd and 4th.





Carriage Guys

The Pebble Hill Collection of Antique Carriages

Nick Bottka, retired physicist, Taylor Littlefield, Ball State University senior history major, and Nathanial Powers, UGA graduate with a degree in English, have spent this very hot summer working together and sharing a passion—a passion for restoring to their original beauty, the wagons, carriages, buggies and other horse drawn vehicles that reside in the Pebble Hill Carriage Room. Read More



Entrance to GalleryElisabeth Ireland Poe Gallery

Nancy Ireland Stahl, PHP Board of Trustees member, and her husband William W. Stahl have long envisioned a gallery that would appropriately showcase the excellent Sporting Art collected by Elisabeth (Pansy) Ireland Poe. They shared their inspiring vision with fellow board members and the Pebble Hill professional staff, and today the vision, Elisabeth Ireland Poe Gallery, is a reality. Read More

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