For those who are looking for things to do or places to visit in Georgia, the city of Covington, Georgia boasts several self-guided tours. Tourists can pick up a Self Guided Historic Home Tour brochure at the Newton County Convention and Visitors Bureau (2101 Clark Street) and if you Check-In via Foursquare or Facebook, you will receive many other tourism style surprises.
With over 40 sites to visit, tourists of this Home Tour in Covington Georgia are sure to find something that will pique their interest. Named in honor of Sergeant John Newton who was a revolutionary war soldier, Newton County was formed in 1821. The completion of the railroad in 1945 brought growth to the area but the city of Covington, Ga and Newton County were already successful in agriculture beforehand. The town continued to grow in business, industry and agriculture and thereafter was a cotton market for local farmers. The city of Covington Georgia and Newton County played an active role in the Civil War. Today, these historical homes and landmarks remain a reminder of the country’s rich heritage.
The city of Covington Georgia is located 34 miles East of Atlanta off Interstate 20. Exit #90 leads to The Welcome Center and the Historic Tour Route begins there.
As you enter the square, there is a Confederate monument of a soldier facing the setting sun symbolic of the fact that “the sun has set on the Confederate Cause” and a tribute to the Confederate women is engraved on the base. East from the square is the first site on the tour, The First Baptist Church on Floyd Street. Also on Floyd is the Floyd House. Judge John J. Floyd is for whom the street was named. His niece Rebecca Latimer Felton who visited the house frequently became the first woman member of the U.S. Senate.
Other notable sites on this tour include The Confederate Cemetery where soldiers from who died from the wounds received in and around the battle of Atlanta are buried and the First Methodist Church built in 1854 on Conyers Street. This church was turned into a hospital during the Civil War for soldiers from both the North and South.
Whatever your interest as a history buff the Self-Guided Home Tour of Covington is sure to be a unique place to visit in Georgia. For more information about what to do in Covington, Georgia contact the Newton county Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1-800-616-8626 or visit us at 2101 Clark Street Covington, GA 30014.