Covington, GA – county seat of Newton County, just 35 miles east of Atlanta, a good size town of about 12,000 residents. Covington was incorporated in 1822 and the railroad arrived in 1845. Part of the cotton belt, many planters built town homes here that have survived over 150 years.
I managed to put the wrong address in my car’s navigation system, went right by the Visitors Center and to the town square. Make that I drove around the town square about 8 times. It’s a picturesque town square, and no surprise why so many shows and movies have filmed here, from In The Heat of The Night to Vampire Diaries – you can call this Sparta, MS or Mystic Falls, Virginia. There’s some great information available in the Visitors Center, definitely worth checking it out.
On the square panorama view.
Right across the street is the Graham-Simms House, built around 1850 or so. One of the highlights of this house is a circular staircase. This house didn’t look as southern as most of the others, more of a Federal type style to me. And that is one major iron fence around the property.
This is Swanscombe, built around 1828. It’s thought to be the oldest clapboard house built in town. It is said there are some great gardens in the back of this home.
Floyd House, from about 1830. So, this is who the street is named for – Judge John J. Floyd. Interestingly, his niece became the first woman member of the US Senate. Also you notice that the end columns on this house are square, not round.
Many more beautiful old Georgia homes in Covington, so will break this into additional posts.