Welcome to the City of Perry's history page! Here, you will find information about our city's history and serves as a place to learn more about Where Georgia Comes Together!
Our city is rich in history and places a premium on smart growth resulting in quality of life, engagement, and stability.
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About the City
The City of Perry was founded in 1823 and named in honor of Oliver Hazard Perry who was a War of 1812 hero. Perry began as a antebellum industry to include gristmills, sawmills, and cotton gins. Today, the Our community currently encompasses 27.6 square miles along Interstate 75 approximately 90 miles south of Atlanta. Perry has been able to capitalize on proximity to Robins Air Force Base, excellent schools, unique downtown, high quality of life, and location in transforming from a small town to a vibrant and growing community of over 16,000 people. As a hub of state and federal highways, home of the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter, and with events like the Dogwood Festival, Food Truck Fridays, the Perry Music Festival, and the annual Perry Buzzard Drop, Perry is truly where Georgia comes together.