Self-Guided Tour: Dixie Manor in Historic Covington, Georgia

Screen Shot 2014-07-07 at 11.33.24 AMDixie Manor is off the beaten path of the other historic homes on the self- guided home tour in historic Covington, Georgia. While most of the houses are located on Floyd Street, Dixie Manor is located near the intersection of Monticello and Church Street.

What truly makes this home stand out is its architecture. The house was built prior to 1840 when most wealthy families were moving into Greek revival architecture houses. What distinguishes Dixie Manor is its early English Regency architecture.

Even though this house is off the beaten path, it is an important house to take a look at. For those of you who are interested in the Civil War, this house had a part in it!

Ben Camp, a member of the 16th Georgia Calvary, was on leave when Sherman’s army came through.  He feared being captured, and turned to the Dixie Manor residents, the Rogers, for help. It is reported that they helped him by hiding him in a dry well in their backyard. They covered the dry well with a chicken coop.

Mr. Camp’s date of death is reported to be in 1923. We can only assume the quick thinking of the Roger’s family helped lengthen his life.

Dixie Manor changed hands many times before ending up in the hands of the Smith’s in 1976. The Smith’s raised their children their happily for many years. When interviewed, Irene Smith had an interesting ghost story to tell.

Ms. Smith said that when she had redheaded friends visit they encountered a redheaded ghost! She believes the ghost only likes redheads so only they get to see him.

Dixie Manor fits in with Covington, Georgia’s history, haunting, and Hollywood because it has also been filmed at! Most recently, Dixie Manor was seen in The Vampire Diaries. However, it has also been used in many other movies and TV shows.

There are not a lot of houses that can say they have the Covington, Georgia Trilogy. However, Dixie Manor is the quintessential house for a visiting person who wants to see Covington, Georgia’s trilogy.

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