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“Heat” Things Up This Month by Visiting the Local Homes and Buildings of In the Heat of the Night

Although we may be reaching the end of the season, we are still feeling the summer heat in Georgia. Small town Covington, Georgia is just a short 35 minute drive from Hotlanta, and the town doubles as fictional Sparta, Mississippi from TV series sensation In the Heat of the Night. The entirety of this series was filmed in our community and shot on-location at a multitude of our historic, antebellum homes. For fans of this hit TV show, heat things up this season and visit Covington, Georgia to experience the local homes and buildings of In the Heat of the Night.

Visitors to the community can stop by the Newton County Visitor’s Bureau to pick up information and a handy map that will lead you on a self-guided tour around the Covington Square so you can see the locations of the In the Heat of the Night for yourself! Here are the top 4 local sites of In the Heat of the Night that can be seen on a short stroll off our historic square:

 

1.     The Sparta Police Station was located at the present-day People’s Home Medical Center at 1174 Monticello Street.

2.     The home of Chief Gillespie, played by Carroll O’Connor, is located at 2130 Monticello Street. Built in 1886, this beautiful white house Bill Gillespie bought at the start of season 7 is an actual residence in Covington, GA. The home has also undergone renovations.

3.     Attorney Virgil Tibbs lived in this structure located at 1108 Conyers Street. The building was more of a pale gray color during filming.
                                                           

4.     Another popular film site was at the current location of Twelve Oaks Bed & Breakfast at 1176 Monticello Street. This award-winning inn is filled with film history, and even offers a very special In the Heat of the Night Suite, complete with a queen-sized bed, French doors leading to a private enclosed porch on the second floor, antique clawfoot tub, new fixtures, and the original tile from 1836. This getaway is so suite, you’ll just have to experience it for yourself!
                                                                       

After your historic sight-seeing is over, we encourage you to stop by the Hollywood of the South® Museum to see our display of costumes, props, and set pieces from on-set of the show! We also have a selfie station with the actual jail cell door from the series! This TV and film museum is the first in Georgia, so don’t leave our camera-ready community without stopping in. Bread and Butter Bakery located right next to the museum has a very special Hollywood-themed menu with treat selections like Bubba’s Buns. Click here to learn more about film-inspired menu items at select square restaurants, and we hope you come visit us soon in Sparta!

 

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