It’s a known fact that Newton County has a lot of history. There’s a lot of war history, in particular, with the county even being named after a Sargent (John Newton) of the Revolutionary War.
Civil War history is also a major component for the great county of Newton. There’s everything from the March of the Sea and Sherman to the Battle of Alcovy Ford. It’s no surprise people want to enrich their lives today with the todays of yesterday.
General Kenner Garrad came to Newton and cut communication for the county. Literally burning bridges over the Alcovy and Yellow Rivers, destroying railroads, and more destruction happened during the Civil War in 1864.
Similar demolition happened when General W.T. Sherman came into Covington. This stop on the March to the Sea resulted in burning of homes, ransacking of stores, and overall annihilation to Newton during the Civil War.
As in any war, there needs to be hospitals for the wounded; The First United Methodist Church and the “Old Church” provided relief to those in need during the Civil War. These are two places you can stop in on the various tours offered.
These self-guided tours take you back to the 1800’s and the action that happened during this historic time in Covington and Newton County, in general. Visit here today to go on one of the many Covington Historic Home Tours, where you can visit all of the grand houses that were apart of the Civil War and Newton’s past.