Covington Homes, Part 2 (and a 1947 unsolved murder)


Hope you had a chance to read Part 1 of the quick trip to Covington from earlier this week.  There are so many historic homes in Covington I had to split the article!  This is the Usher House, built around 1845.  One thing I learned is that many of the families on Floyd Street were related by marriages etc.  Usher House is a good example: Mrs Usher was the sister of Judge Floyd, who lived across the street.  And one of her daughters married a Henderson from across the street as well.  Can you imagine most of your family all living on the same street?


The house above is the Cook-Adams-Williams House, but it’s also known as “The Cedars”.  Built around 1880 and enlarged around 1900, it’s unusual in that it has a bayed front entrance with victorian double doors.  Kinda interesting look!


Now if you watch The Vampire Diaries, you look at the house above and say “hey, that’s Lockwood Manor!” – and yep, it sure is the location they use for it.  It’s Worthington Manor, built around 1850.  One of the highlights of the house is it’s disappearing windows – remember, way back before air conditioning folks could walk through the huge windows when they were open.  Side note: don’t even google “disappearing windows” unless you want lots of info on Microsoft Windows LOL.



This is the King House, built in 1890.  It was originally a 1 story house and a mirror image of the house across the street (see, houses looked alike back in 1890 too).  In 1930, the owners did a major restoration oft he house and added the second story.  I am curious if the windows are really low on the second floor?


Now the house above – this one has a story.  It is related to an unsolved murder from 1947!  But first, I gotta say I think this house was wanting to hide from being photographed. It’s called Magnolia Terrace for a reason – it’s got some serious old magnolia trees out front.  Originally built in 1846, it was remodeled in 1923 to the current Dutch Colonial Look.  When I think Dutch Colonial, I picture the  Amityville Horror house.

So yeah – an unsolved murder in Buckhead has a link this house.  Paul Refoule, a French artist had married Peggy Alston, the daughter of a prominent Atlanta family.  She was found in the creek behind their Buckhead home.  He was investigated and subsequently released.  He actually filed a suit against the state of Georgia for $50,000 for violating his civil rights.  Lots of 1947 newspaper articles on this and subsequent discovery that he was having an affair etc.  Reads like a soap opera.

To this day, this remains an unsolved murder.  Paul Refoule painted mural scenes in the breakfast room of this house, which was owned by the Callaway family at the time.

Lots more to Covington, and there are some cool tours offered in town.  If you live in Atlanta, it’s just 35 miles away so make the trip!

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