Summer is almost over but you can still get out and enjoy those summer nights! Why not stroll through Covington and take a walking tour? Whether you’re a film buff or a huge fan of the supernatural, Covington has two tours that are perfect for you.
If you’re into the movies and want to know more about Covington, Georgia’s part in Hollywood history, why not take a self-guided tour of our Walk of Stars? Covington has had a landslide of Hollywood activity in Covington. The Hollywood influence spans from “My Cousin Vinny,” to “Remember the Titans.” Reese Witherspoon even graced the town while filming the movie, “Sweet Home Alabama”. But it is the CW’s television phenomenon “The Vampire Diaries” that draws the biggest crowds. So, to honor our celebrity connections, the town of Covington erected the Walk of Stars.
Tourists and locales alike can see the pavers marking filming locations and learn about the movies and actors who have shaped the film history of Covington. The Vampire Diaries have their own paver by the law offices and the Cannonball Run's block is close to Square Perk, where it was filmed. There will be over 30 pavers lining downtown Covington. So, next time you are looking for tourist attractions in Georgia, be sure to plan a visit to see for yourself why Covington is called the Hollywood of the South.
But, if you feel called to the spooky realm of ghostly stories, head over to Wild Art Gallery. You’ll meet Shantee and Kevin Regen, your tour guides through the paranormal. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, because the Regen’s will walk you all over Covington. But, it’s worth it, we promise. We heard stories about a ginger-bearded ghost, who has a thing for the ladies, in a historic mansion.
There was the story of the disembodied footsteps, roaming a lonely street outside a local shop in the dead of night. Or the ghost of a Civil War solider, who still haunts the hospital turned church near town.
The story that really chilled our bones was the Covington black widow, an angry woman who killed her husband and lived life as a recluse until her death, in what is now the oldest home in Covington. You’ll have to take the tour to learn more about these stories, because we’re taking some secrets to our graves!
Don’t be blue that summer is coming to an end; get out and explore instead! Be sure to visit the Newton County Tourism Board office, located right off the Square, for a full map of the Walk of Stars. And, sign up for the Covington Ghost Tour on the Wild Art website.