1. Why did Northern industrialists choose Thomasville as their vacation site?
After the Civil War, it was the southernmost destination travelers could reach by train. Additionally, Thomasville proved itself to be more accommodating to "Yankees" than many other Southern towns, which had suffered more directly during the war. Later on, Florida became the prime mecca for tourists, but that state had to eradicate its malaria-carrying mosquitoes before it could rival Thomasville.
2. According to Tom Hill, why did both sides think the other "got took" during the time when northerners were coming into Thomasville with a lot of money?
Hill explains that land at that time was incredibly inexpensive due to the depressed price of cotton. As land prices fell lower than a nightly stay at a hotel, northerners bought up Thomasville's farm land at what they thought was a great price. At the same time, southerners believed that the northern buyers would spend all of their money in Thomasville, so they were happy to accommodate.