In 1822 twenty families were living in log cabins calling their little settlement Wattsville. By 1824 Justices of the Interior Court had sold most of the lots in this new settlement, and residences and businesses were beginning to change the village of Wattsville into the renamed town of Perry. No one is certain who selected the new name, but most claim that it was names for Commodore Perry, a hero of the Battle of Lake Erie.
Families began moving to Perry and political leaders, began to emerge. James M. Kelly, first reporter for the Georgia Supreme Court, and Edwin Mounger, Georgia State Treasurer, both owned lots in Perry. Perry’s history became very rich in political leadership, lore and tradition. Its location at the crossroads of major highways running from the northern states into sunny Florida made Perry a stop in route for many travelers. Please visit the Perry Historical Society for more on Perry’s history.
Today, Perry is home to the award-winning Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter. This first-class facility is designed for meetings, trade shows, livestock events, horse shows, fairs, RV rallies, concerts, sporting events and more.
Downtown Perry is a must see! The renovated downtown area is a charming village with specialty shops and a down-south, restful atmosphere. Please visit the Perry Chamber of Commerce for more information.