Originally called “Wattsville,” Perry www.perryga.com is now known to many as the “Crossroads of Georgia” because of its location at the intersection of Highways US 341, US 41, GA 127, and I-75. Because of its central location and, since it’s “handy” on the way to so many places in Georgia, it has taken advantage of this fact and grown tourism into its number one industry.
Founded in 1821, Georgia’s history and culture are rich and deep and merit your trip there to explore it all at length. Of course the area is famous for peaches and pecans! Everywhere you look is an image of a Georgia peach, including water towers, billboards, and city welcome signs. As you near the central Georgia area, a prominent peach orchard appears on your right with a simple sign touting a website as “Growers and Shippers of Georgia Peaches and Pecans.” This is www.lanepacking.com, a large operation that can be accessed right off the interstate. In Perry, a local institution is Priester Pecans www.priester.com.
Perry has taken steps to preserve its culture in a meaningful and admirable way. This includes a walking tour that begins at the New Perry Hotel www.newperryhotel.com which showcases some 40 restored and documented historic sites around town, including several buildings built in the 1820’s through the civil war period and thereafter. Beautifully restored older homes of all sizes with wraparound porches, interesting woodwork and trim and shutters are seemingly everywhere. I only had time for a quick stop in town the evening after the sale but was taken by the quaint streets, shops, churches, and other structures of note and a special treat was when the chimes at the courthouse played an interlude of several tunes that hung in the air and provided atmosphere such that I felt I was the only person downtown.
If you are interested in the area of central Georgia and enjoy antiquing, take in the Georgia Antique Trail, also found on www.perryga.com A link can also be found there to another prominent local site for tourists, the Andersonville War Museum and historic site, the Confederate prison camp known as Camp Sumter. A good general site for those interested in Georgia attractions is www.georgiaonmymind.com. Tomorrow, watch for some photos featuring downtown scenes in Perry.