The state of Georgia is full of fascinating history and rich in captivating stories. In Georgia, some of the most enthralling stories of the old South originate in Newton County, which include Covington, Mansfield, Oxford and Porterdale. The county was named after a soldier who fought during the Revolutionary War, Sgt. John Newton. He served under the notorious “Swamp Fox”, Francis Marion, during the war. It was founded on the 24th of December, 1821. Newton County is known for being the first county in the country to provide free public school transportation. The 4-H concept of G.C. Adams was brought to life in Newton County back in 1893.
The County was very active during the Civil War era. It afforded supplies to the Lamar Infantry, which was part of the Cobb’s Legion throughout the war. In 1864, Union forces under Brigadier General Kenner Garrad marched into Newton County. The forces made their way to Covington, Georgia where they burned the bridges over the Yellow and Alcovy Rivers. They made sure to demolish the railroad between the Alcovy and Lithonia. The Union forces also burnt down the hospital center, all the cotton and commissary supplies. The destruction waged by the Union, stopped Gen. John Bell Hood’s men from receiving supplies from the Eastern Theater. The Union forces carried out their orders successfully, in the county of Newton. Gen. W.T. Sherman came to Covington during his “March to the Sea.” The men ransacked the shops and the homes of Covington before continuing on their path.
With all of this rich history in the area, Newton County provides many historic things to do in Georgia. From historical land marks to tours through the past, Newton County has it all. Don’t pass by the First United Methodist Church or the “Old Church,” both of which served as hospitals during the Civil War. Newton County is home to the plantation which inspired Margaret Mitchell to envision Twelve Oaks in Gone with the Wind. The Twelve Oaks Bed and Breakfast is located in Covington and was built in 1836. While you stay at the bed and breakfast, you could go on the Covington Historic Home Tours, which cover all of the grand antebellum homes in the small town. Newton County is the ideal destination for history lovers and includes many Civil War tours as well as Civil War battle sites. Put Newton County on your list of things to do in Georgia!