Founded by European Americans and incorporated in 1822 as the newly-founded county seat of Newton County, Covington is located 35 miles southeast of Atlanta, Georgia. The City was named after Leonard Covington, who was a US Army Brigadier General, war hero of 1812 and US Congressman. In 1845, with the advent of the railroad, Covington began to grow. Although looted and destroyed in 1864 by General Sherman’s troops during their March to the Sea, many antebellum homes and important buildings were spared. Covington Historic District, North Covington District, Starrsville and the Newton County Courthouse are all listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
These uniquely aesthetic buildings, and the entire community, have made Covington unofficially the “Hollywood of the South.” As a mecca for the film industry, the town can easily be transformed into a Civil War village, a 1950’s town or a modern-day city.
Currently, Covington has a population of slightly over 13,000 people, and per the 2000 Census, the racial makeup of the city was 51.55% white, 45.5% African American, 2.87% Hispanic, .18% Native American, .55% Asian, .04% Paci ca Islander, .94% from other races and 1.19% from two or more races. There were 4,261 households, of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18. The median income for a household was $31,997 and about 14.8% of families and 19.6% of the population were living below the poverty level, including 33.7% of those under age 18 and 12.8% of those over 65.