Thomson, originally called Slashes is a city in McDuffie County, Georgia, United States. The population was 6,778 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of McDuffie County. Thomson's nickname is "The Camellia City of the South", in honor of the thousands of camellia plants throughout the city. Thomson was founded in 1837 as a depot on the Georgia Railroad. It was renamed in 1853 for railroad official John Edgar Thomson and incorporated February 15, 1854 as a town and in 1870 as a city. It is part of the Augusta – Richmond County Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Location in McDuffie County and the state of Georgia
Thomson, originally called Slashes, was founded in 1837 as a depot on the Georgia Railroad. It was renamed in 1853 for railroad official John Edgar Thomson. In 1870, Thomson was designated seat of the newly formed McDuffie County. Thomson was incorporated as a town in 1854 and as a city in 1870.
The Old Rock House, built in 1785, is said to be one of Georgia's oldest documented houses with its original design intact. Built by Thomas Ansley, the home is said to be the home of ancestors of former president Jimmy Carter.
Thomson is located at (33.467346, -82.499450).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.95 square miles (5.1 km2)
Thomson is considered part of the Central Savannah River Area geographical designation.
The McDuffie County School District holds grades pre-school to grade twelve, that consists of four elementary schools, one middle school, a high school and an alternative school. The district has 262 full-time teachers and over 4,312 students.