Anyone who has ever wondered what a building in downtown Perry used to look like or what kind of business might have been there 50 years ago is invited to take a stroll downtown through June 3.  Photos of spotlighted historic buildings will be displayed in storefront windows.

Photographs of former businesses along the 700-900 blocks of Carroll Street, as well as at some on the 1000 block of Ball Street, at 810 Commerce Street and at 1017 Jernigan Street, will be featured on the tour of historic buildings.  A photo of the historic Presbyterian Church is also displayed.

Photos are added to the display each year.  Many photos come from the collection of Charles and Nelle Shelton and other local residents who have helped preserve Perry’s past for future generations.

The Perry Main Street Advisory Board’s Design Committee organized this self-guided, walking tour in observance of Historic Preservation Month, which is May, and timed it to coincide with the Perry Downtown Merchants Association’s progressive wine tasting tour on Friday, June 2.

Wine tasting tour participants are encouraged to look for the photos as they stroll on their tour.

Those who take this history tour are encouraged to take the self-guided walking/driving tour of historical homes and significant sites in Perry, originating at the historic New Perry Hotel.  A brochure for that tour is available at the Perry Welcome Center and Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Perry was designated as a Main Street community in 2015.  Main Street, a program established by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, utilizes historic preservation as a catalyst for downtown redevelopment through its trademark Four Point Approach, which focuses on promotion, organization, design and economic vitality.

For more information about the historic building photo tour, contact Main Street Coordinator Catherine Edgemon at (478) 988-2758 or

For more information about the progressive wine tasting, contact Jodi Daley at (478) 225-7626.