“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Thomasville in Thomas County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

Flowers Baking Company

Established - 1919

Flowers Baking Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, January 9, 2005
1. Flowers Baking Company Marker
This image has been digitally modified to make it readable.
Inscription. Brothers William Howard Flowers & Joseph Hampton Flowers Jr. opened Flowers Baking Company, the first commercial bakery in Southwest Georgia, on this site on November 4, 1919. The following morning, 500 loaves of "Flowers Quality Bread" were sold in Thomasville. The bakery was capable of producing 30,000 loaves of bread a day and was hailed at the time the most modern bakery in the state of Georgia. Following the death of W. H. Flowers in 1934, his son, W.H. Flowers Jr., at the age of 20, took over the bakery. During World War II the Bakery’s ovens ran 24 hours a day, seven days a week supplying bread to U.S. military camps in the southeast. Through acquisitions and expansions, W. H. Flowers, Jr. & his brother Langdon S. Flowers transformed the bakery into a regional baking company. In 1968, after nearly 50 years of operation, Flowers Baking Company became Flowers Industries, Inc. The Thomasville bakery today operates as Flowers Baking Company of Thomasville, Inc., a subsidiary of Flowers Industries. Although the interior of the bakery has been modernized, the exterior walls of the original 1919 bakery are still standing.
Erected 1994 by Georgia Department of Natural Resources. (Marker Number 136-7.)
Marker series. This marker is included
Flowers Baking Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, January 9, 2005
2. Flowers Baking Company Marker
The marker as it actually appears
in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 30° 50.083′ N, 83° 58.743′ W. Marker is in Thomasville, Georgia, in Thomas County. Marker is on South Madison Street 0 miles south of Smith Avenue (U.S. 84), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Thomasville GA 31792, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Coffee Road (approx. 0.3 miles away); Civil War Prison Camp (approx. 1.1 miles away); Finney General Hospital (approx. 1.7 miles away).
Also see . . .  About Flowers Foods. The company is known today as Flowers Foods. (Submitted on October 12, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 
Categories. 20th CenturyIndustry & Commerce
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,388 times since then and 67 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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