Welcome to Covington/Newton County, GA
Covington…A Refreshing Change of Place! Founded in 1821, Covington, GA/Newton County still retains its classic southern appeal. Located just outside metro Atlanta, the charming town boasts a reputation as one of the most picturesque and historic areas in Georgia. Make the Welcome Center the first stop for a self-guided home tour brochure, the perfect guide to begin a discovery of the beautiful architecture in Covington.
Recently awarded the Award for Excellence in Downtown Development, Covington’s historic downtown is thriving. With home décor, antiques, arts and crafts, merchants that carry exclusive lines and an extensive choice of beauty services, Downtown Covington, GA is a shopping destination. There are dining choices for all occasions; terrific artisan pizza, a family diner that has the honor of serving the best fried chicken for over fifty years, outstanding Bar-B-Que, a coffee house and café, an ice-cream and candy store that is never without a customer, and unrivaled white table cloth restaurant serving what we think is the best New Orleans style of food you’ll find outside of New Orleans. The district enjoys a long tradition of family owned and operated businesses and an impressive events calendar that keeps things humming. Regular events include cruise-ins, concerts, festivals, art shows and Stars & Stripes Fest and fireworks that truly showcases the best of small town America.
Also known as Hollywood of the South™, Covington, GA has become a mecca for the television and film industry. Easily transformed into a Civil War village, a 1950s town or a modern day city, Covington’s scenic locations, moderate temperatures, airport accessibility and community support have become a real draw for filmmakers. Currently known as Mystic Falls, VA, for The Vampire Diaries saga, Covington, Georgia/Newton County has also been home to The Dukes of Hazzard, In the Heat of the Night and over 120 television and film productions.
Playing an active role in the Civil War, Union forces under Brigadier General Kenner Garrard moved into Covington, GA on July 20, 1864. Orders from General Sherman were to burn bridges over the Yellow and Alcovy Rivers and destroy the railroads. Successfully completed, this raid stopped all communication between Augusta and Atlanta and ended any hope that defenders of Atlanta might receive desperately needed reinforcements from the Eastern Confederacy.
With its beautiful homes, historic Downtown Square, churches, gardens and plantations, the charm of Covington, GA offers a true treasure for visitors.