Category Archives: –NEWTON COUNTY GA–

Water Tower, 1914, Milstead

This water tower supplied the mill village of Milstead. It reaches a height of 100 feet and is 14 feet in diameter. It was built by contractor J. B. McQuary for $3000 and was used until 1965.

Porter-Rogers-Tuck House, 1903, Covington

Floyd Street Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

Newton County Courthouse, 1884, Covington

The handsome Second Empire Newton County Courthouse in Covington is Georgia’s most recognizable, from its appearance in numerous television series and films. Designed by the venerable firm of Bruce and Morgan, it was an ambitious structure for its time, reflecting the prosperity of the county it represented. Most people will recognize it from the hit television series, In the Heat of the Night, which filmed in Covington for much of its run. It was also used as the Hazzard County Courthouse on the first five episodes of The Dukes of Hazzard.

National Register of Historic Places

Swanscombe, 1828, Covington

Swanscombe was built by the first white settler of Covington, Cary Wood, and is the oldest house in the city. It was originally a more simple form; the columns were a later addition, but they were present before the Civil War. The descendants remained in the house for several generations until selling the property to Thomas C. Swann in 1884. The name Swanscombe was given to the house during his ownership.

Floyd Street Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

Neal Patterson House, 1850s, Covington

This Greek Revival landmark, known locally as “The Cottage”, was built for Neal Patterson between 1855-1859.

Floyd Street Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

Robert Usher House, Circa 1840, Covington

Robert O. Usher (25 April 1809 – 9 May 1859), a prosperous merchant in Covington, built this house circa 1840, and it remained in the family for over 90 years.

Floyd Street Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

Daniel-Mixon House, 1845, Covington

This house likely originated as a small cottage with expansions over the years resulting in its present appearance.

Floyd Street Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

Lee-Porter House, 1913, Covington

This house is a beautifully maintained exemplar of the Neoclassical Revival. It was built for Lester Lee, who resided here until 1924, when it was sold to the O. W. Porter family. Like many historic homes in Covington, the mansion has been used extensively as a set location for Hollywood productions over the years, including The Vampire Diaries, Bessie, and Sweet Magnolias, among others.

Floyd Street Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

Franklin Store, 1896, Starrsville

This structure is the last remaining store building in the historic Starrsville community, which was settled circa 1821. It has had several uses throughout its history and is also referred to as the Franklin and Banks Store. One resource notes that it was used as the Starrsville post office for a time, but I haven’t been able to confirm this yet.

Starrsville Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

Abandoned Farmhouse, Newton County

Thanks to Craig Skinner for showing me this property, between Mansfield and Newborn.

What was once the main house of a large working farm was later used as a tenant residence.

I believe it was occupied until the 1980s.

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