First Baptist Perry Office

This home was built about 1879 as a home for Dr. John Baptiste Smith. Each of the main rooms contains high ceilings, a fireplace and each is detailed with crown molding, large baseboards, and wide door facings. The windows still contain the original glass panes and depict the size of windows popular in the 1800s. This building served as Perry’s first Georgia State Patrol Station from 1937 to 1940 when it was purchased by Dr. A. G. Hendrick to serve as Perry’s first clinic. Dr. Hendrick was another of Perry’s beloved physicians who cared for its citizens for about 40 years. Dr. Hendrick is also remembered as having removed Al Capone’s appendix in his early days of practice. The house was purchased and renovated by Dr. Phil A. Mathias in 1984 to serve as a women’s clinic and his medical office. Today it is administrative offices for the First Baptist Church of Perry.