Covington, founded in 1822, has quite a rich, abundant history. Covington was named after a war hero who served in the War of 1812 named Leonard Covington. Leonard Covington was a U.S. Congressman and a Brigadier General during his lifetime. Covington’s city name is not the only thing that is associated with war. In 1864 it was attacked during the Civil War, only 42 years after its founding. Covington watched as General Sherman, a famous Union General, marched his troops through their city looting and burning almost everything in their path.
Covington is also rich in history from the 20th and 21st century. Covington is popularly known as the “Hollywood of the South.” Due to its perfect climate, wealth of historical sites, and charming downtown, it is a hot spot in the South for films and television series productions. Covington is home to several popular film productions and very recently, the production of “The Vampire Diaries,” an extremely popular television series that airs on the CW.
Present day Covington is still surrounded by beautiful, antebellum homes that will transport you back in time. There are several streets lined with white mansions of the 1800s. In fact, one of these beautiful antebellum homes is what inspired the author of “Gone with the Wind,” Margaret Mitchell, of her character Ashley’s home in the renowned novel and film. The home that inspired Mitchell is now a completely operational bed and breakfast. The Twelve Oaks Bed and Breakfast is a 10,000 square foot pre-Civil war residence that was built in 1836. Newly renovated, the Twelve Oaks Bed and Breakfast is proudly listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Covington is full of history, new and old. It is an ideal destination for anyone who loves warm weather, friendly people, history and occasionally bumping into celebrities! Learn more about Covington and come visit us today!