Historic buildings on display in downtown Perry

Staff reportMay 28, 2014 

Historic buildings are the centerpiece of two downtown Perry initiatives in observance of Historic Preservation Month.

On Thursday, Perry Main Street will host a free tram tour of downtown historic buildings from 6 to 7 p.m.

The tour, led by Ellie Loudermilk of the Perry Area Historical Society, will feature buildings such as the one-room Springhill School, the New Perry Hotel, the Armory building that now houses the Perry Arts Center, the former Houston County Bank and the former Toomer Funeral Home, according to a news release. It will conclude with a visit to the Perry Area Historical Society’s museum.

The tour will start and end in the parking lot of First Baptist Church on Main Street.

It will include information about Perry’s history, residents and architecture.

Seating is limited, and participants should register in advance by calling 478-988-2758. Check-in is at the church parking lot at 5:45 p.m. Thursday.

Also as part of Historic Preservation Month, downtown visitors can view old photos of historic buildings through June 20. Photos of about a dozen buildings, plus Roughton Park, will be displayed in storefront windows for the self-guided walking tour, a news release states.

Featured buildings are on Main, Jernigan and Carroll streets.

Many of the photos are from the collection of Charles and Nelle Shelton.

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