Former Holtzclaw-Riley-Gayle Home

Built as a family home in 1855 by Judge Henry Holtzclaw, it was purchased by George Riley in 1925, and by Joe and Connette Gayle in 1961. The wrought iron fence is not original to the home but was brought from Kentucky by the Gayles. In 1854 Mrs. Amy Kelly gave a solid silver coin communion service to Perry Baptist Church. When rumors were circulating that the Yankees were coming to Perry near the end of the Civil War, Judge Holtzclaw had his brother-in-law, Dr. Carpenter, a Perry dentist, cut a hole in the ceiling of a closet between the front and middle bedrooms of this house and hid the silver communion service in the attic. The hole in the closet ceiling is still evident today.