What attracts lovers of film, folklore, and memories of the past to Newton County? It’s because we have local experts who live in our community who have made it their business to know everything there is to know when it comes to historical accounts, vampires, movie stars, spirits, and shadows. When you are vacationing in the Hollywood of the South, be sure to add one of our educational and entertaining tours to your bucket list!
An insider’s look is just what you will get when you sign up to satisfy that die-hard obsession with the highly popular trilogy of The Vampire Diaries, Legacies, and The Originals with Mystic Falls Tours. Rated number six in the “Best Vampire Destination in the World” genre by The Travel Channel, you are guaranteed to sink your teeth into everything you need to know about any one of the series filmed right here in Newton County. The experts at Mystic Falls Tours have made it their business to know the behind-the-scenes details you won’t find anywhere else. On these two to three-hour tours, expect to get an intimate look at the residences of your favorite stars of TVD, such as former female protagonist, Elena Salvatore. Not only does the journey include viewing the outside of the infamous Lockwood Mansion, but this tour promises front door access into one of the founding families of Mystic Falls, VA whose bloodline holds a hidden secret. The photo opportunities that await fans alone are enough to take any one of the tours offered by Vampire Stalkers.
Covington Ghost Tours
Keep the supernatural vibe going with Covington Ghost Tours, where you’ll hear and witness firsthand accounts of haunted happenings in and around the Historic Covington Square. A dose of well-researched history, a sampling of famous filming spots, and spine-tingling paranormal activity documented by East Georgia Paranormal Society await those daring enough to brave this exciting hour and a half walking tour. Starting at WildArt, located directly on the corner of the Downtown Covington Square, participants are invited to download a ghost hunting app to pair along with their thrill-seeking adventure. The established and experienced guides at Covington Ghost Tours have been collecting stories from local authors and gathering facts from the Newton County Historical Society over the past six years. This knowledge gives plenty of preparation to give individuals and private parties that haunted history they are looking for.
Porterdale History & Ghost Tour
Another eerie excursion worth mentioning is the Porterdale History Tour’s Haunted History & Ghost Tour. This one is geared more towards the transcendental enthusiast who lives for more of a fly by the seat of your pants approach to touring the town. Guests are invited to bring their own equipment for seeking out spirits and cameras to photograph anything they deem abnormal along the way. You might even catch an evening when they light up the night with their Special Glow Ghost Tour. There are certainly more tours to explore whether you lean towards fact or fiction, you’re sure to find something to fit your fancy in the river mill village of Porterdale. Feel free to immerse yourself in the Old Cotton Mill Village History or play off of the premonition that maybe there’s something more to uncover while visiting.
Main Street Trolleys
Looking for a one-stop-shop of history, hauntings and Hollywood tours? Main Street Trolleys takes guests on a variety of sightseeing tours aboard a vintage, climate-controlled trolley. For a broad brush of what’s to see in the area, hop on the trolley for one of their History, Hauntings, and Hollywood Tours. On this 45-minute experience, patrons will get a glimpse of filming locations for widely known favorites such as Dukes of Hazzard, In the Heat of the Night, Vampire Diaries, and Legacies, as they depart from The Alley beside Mystic Grill Restaurant. Tidbits of historical facts and spooky sights are also served up on Mary Bonnie the Trolley.
For history lovers and educators, Bill Blair’s Historical Trolley Tour provides a narrated nostalgic look at a bygone era in Covington, Georgia of antebellum homes and pioneering businesses. As the tours of the town winds down, Main Street Trolleys encourages its customers to participate in additional tours offered in the community for a deeper dive into their area of interest.
If you are courageous enough to venture out on your own, stop in the Newton County Visitor Information Center and ask about self-guided tours. Choose from the Historic Homes, Re-Taking History, On Location, or Walk of Stars and plan your own trip around town.