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Covington History: Native American Tribes in Georgia


Georgia Native American Tribes MapNewton County, Georgia is a unique little town that has had quite a history! Only located 36 miles east of Atlanta, it is the perfect destination for a vacation or relocation! With it’s long, interesting history and peaceful southern way of living; Covington is one of the best places in America! However, the peaceful Southern town that Covington is now is quite different from the town it was 200 years ago.

There was once many Native American tribes in Georgia. Covington actually began as a part of the Creek Indian Nation. It was not until 1822 that Covington was incorporated into Newton County, Georgia. Covington was named after General Leonard Covington, a Revolutionary War hero that fought alongside Sergeant John Newton. From the beginning, Covington, Georgia has had a very remarkable history.

Originally being a part of a Native American tribe is not the only thing that has happened to Newton County. In 1864 Covington fell victim to the Civil War and the Union’s General Sherman. General Sherman’s very famous destructive march through the great state of Georgia left a mark on Covington. General Sherman ordered that several Covington bridges and railroads be burned to the ground before his troops left the little town.

Thankfully during General Sherman’s path of destruction he left some of the beautiful, antebellum mansions of the South. Those beautiful mansions are still standing today! Covington offers tours of these traditional Southern style mansions that date back to the Civil War most days of the year. There are guided tours and even individual walk through tours.

When you think of the South, Covington, Georgia is exactly what you will picture. With it’s picturesque Southern homes, quaint shops, and small town feel – you’ll feel as if you just stepped into a scene from Steel Magnolias. Speaking of movies, Newton County has been home to over 60 major motion pictures and is considered the Hollywood of the South.

Covington, Georgia has a vast history! From its beginnings as a Native American tribe in Georgia, to surviving the Civil War, and now being home to several major films throughout the past decades – there are a variety of things to see while in Newton County!

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