Covington is one of the most historic communities in all of Georgia. One of the most important parts of Covington’s history is when General Sherman decided to spare the majority of the town during the Civil War and his famous “March to the Sea.” Due to that decision, several pre-Civil War, antebellum homes and structures are still standing there today. One of the most historical buildings found in Covington is simply known as the “Brick Store.”
The Brick Store is undoubtedly the oldest standing brick structure in Newton County. This historical building was built in 1821 when Newton County was first formed. While today it is called the Brick Store, this building has actually been used for many different purposes such as a general store, a stage coach stop, a school house, a jail, a courtroom, a post office and even a permanent residence!
The Brick Store has played a large role in much of Newton County’s history. In fact, the very first session of the Newton County Superior Court was held in the Brick Store on April 15 in 1822. This historical meeting led to the decision to build the beautiful, brick courthouse that stands in the middle of downtown Covington.
The Brick Store was added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 9th of 2009. If you are interested in visiting the oldest building in Newton County you can find it off of U.S. Route 278 and Old Social Circle Road. Located there you will find several different site tablets that explain the history of the building and topics such as the Stage Coach Crossroads, Mr. Charles M. Jordan’s donation of the building and the building’s commission.