Oxford, Newton County – There are a lot of beautiful old homes in Oxford! I had the chance to visit on a brisk (OK let’s just call it REALLY COLD) morning. Before the trip, I knew Emory at Oxford is here. Officially it’s Oxford College of Emory University. There’s a lot of history – and this is also the birthplace of Georgia Tech? Yes, it sure is.
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!
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.