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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Newton County, Georgia

Clickable Map of Newton County, Georgia and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Newton County, GA (34) Butts County, GA (18) Henry County, GA (37) Jasper County, GA (19) Morgan County, GA (64) Rockdale County, GA (11) Walton County, GA (21)  NewtonCounty(34) Newton County (34)  ButtsCounty(18) Butts County (18)  HenryCounty(37) Henry County (37)  JasperCounty(19) Jasper County (19)  MorganCounty(64) Morgan County (64)  RockdaleCounty(11) Rockdale County (11)  WaltonCounty(21) Walton County (21)
Covington is the county seat for Newton County
Adjacent to Newton County, Georgia
      Butts County (18)  
      Henry County (37)  
      Jasper County (19)  
      Morgan County (64)  
      Rockdale County (11)  
      Walton County (21)  
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1 Georgia, Newton County, Covington — 17 — City Hall
In 1958, the school building, so well loved by so many, was demolished and replaced by long needed municipal building. It housed the administrative offices, the fire department, the police department and jail. In 1996, the building was refurbished . . . Map (db m50173) HM
2 Georgia, Newton County, Covington — 107-6 — Confederate Dead & Hospitals
Here sleep 67 known and 8 unknown Confederate heroes, men who died of disease and wounds in the several Confederate hospitals located here. Many of those who died were reburied elsewhere. In 1862, 1863, 1864, the Hill, Hood, Lumpkin, and . . . Map (db m49465) HM
3 Georgia, Newton County, Covington — 17 — Covington City School1889 – 1957
The old Female College building served the City of Covington Public School system until 1896 when a new building replaced the old structure. At the turn of the century measures to improve public education were begun. A 9-month term was instituted. . . . Map (db m50174) HM
4 Georgia, Newton County, Covington — L4 — Covington SquareSherman Strikes Three Times — March to the Sea Heritage Trail —
On Friday, July 22, 1864, while the Battle of Atlanta raged about 25 miles to the west, Union Brigadier General Kenner Garrard and about 3,500 cavalrymen were in Covington. They had been ordered by Major General William T. Sherman to disrupt the . . . Map (db m103344) HM
5 Georgia, Newton County, Covington — 21 — Dr. James Thomas GibsonOctober 5, 1857 - June 21, 1921
This site represents a typical rural medical practice 1881 - 1921. Dr. James T. Gibson began his practice in Porterdale, Newton County at age 24. He made his calls on horseback, often staying overnight until the patient´s fever broke or a baby was . . . Map (db m108633) HM
6 Georgia, Newton County, Covington — 6 — Factory Shoals c. 1820
This area represents one of Georgia’s earliest experiences in advanced water-powered industrialization technologically unsurpassed in the U.S. Archaeological remains of 5 mills ranging from large textile factories to small grist mills exist . . . Map (db m34594) HM
7 Georgia, Newton County, Covington — 107-3 — Garrard’s Cavalry Raid
On July 20, 1864, Union forces under Maj. Gen. W.T. Sherman USA, were closing in on Atlanta. Hq. 2nd Cavalry Division [US], Brig. Gen Kenner Garrard, was in Decatur, 6 miles E of Atlanta. Garrard’s three brigades were guarding bridges over the . . . Map (db m20477) HM
8 Georgia, Newton County, Covington — 12 G-6 — Lucius Q. C. Lamar
Here was located the office in which L.Q.C. Lamar, Statesman and Jurist, practiced law at two intervals from 1847 to 1854, thence moving to Macon and Mississippi. His family located at Covington after his father's death in 1834, and at nearby Oxford . . . Map (db m7119) HM
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9 Georgia, Newton County, Covington — Newton County Jail 1901-1983 Reported permanently removed
This site is said to have been used by the Presbyterians as a place of worship prior to their relocation to Bethany Church c. 1847. Graves of the Cary Wood family (early pioneers) were moved to the Covington Cemetery. The graveyard site and a . . . Map (db m197763) HM
10 Georgia, Newton County, Covington — Newton County Jail House
Can you imagine living and growing up at the jail? When Newton County completed its new jail in 1901, the front half had been designed as a home for the sheriff or a staff member and his family, an arrangement typical of this period. The sheriff was . . . Map (db m197740) HM
11 Georgia, Newton County, Covington — Newton County War Memorial
In Loving and Grateful Memory of Those Citizens of Newton County Who Gave Their Lives In The Defense Of Our Country {Honor Roll of World War I, II, Korean War, Vietnam & Gulf War dead of Newton County, Georgia}Map (db m103366) WM
12 Georgia, Newton County, Covington — Ramsey's Furniture
Ramsey's Furniture Company, Inc. was founded in Covington, Georgia in the fall of 1919 by C.D. Ramsey. For 100 years, Ramsey's Furniture Company has been home to the Covington area's largest selection of fine home furnishings. Serving people they . . . Map (db m197743) HM
13 Georgia, Newton County, Covington — 107-2 — Red Oak Church>>>------>
Red Oak Church was established between 1803, when the Indians left this area, and late 1821, when Newton County was formed. The church grounds originally contained 4 acres, including the spring behind the church. The first building, between the . . . Map (db m24383) HM
14 Georgia, Newton County, Covington — 107-8 — Sherman at Harris’ Quarters
On Nov. 18, 1864, Hq. Military Division of the Mississippi [US], Maj. Gen. W.T. Sherman, were established here at “Harris´ Quarters,” the overseer’s house and negro cabins of a large plantation owned by Judge John Harris of Covington. . . . Map (db m34208) HM
15 Georgia, Newton County, Covington — 14 — Snapping Shoals – 1821formerly Part of Henry County
Water power, fertile land and excellent fishing were major attractions. Early settlers built a sawmill, grist mill and other small industries. The town developed on both sides of the river and flourished in the 1900´s. In 1936 Snapping Shoals Power . . . Map (db m108635) HM
16 Georgia, Newton County, Covington — Swann Building
Erected late in the nineteenth century by T. C. Swann to house his general mercantile business. It incorporates the ante-bellum building which housed the store of pioneer citizen Cary Wood.Map (db m197744) HM
17 Georgia, Newton County, Covington — Swanscombe
has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior 1828Map (db m197745) HM
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18 Georgia, Newton County, Covington — 107-1 — The Capture of Covington
On July 22, 1864, Union Cavalry from Wilder's and Minty's Brigades, armed with Spencer repeating rifles, entered Covington under orders of General Kenner Garrard. As the Battle of Atlanta raged to the west, Covington was unprotected by Confederate . . . Map (db m14989) HM
19 Georgia, Newton County, Covington — 16 — The Female College1833 - 1889
This private institution, although undergoing several trusteeships and name changes, continuously functioned as an exclusive female school for over 50 years. It attracted students from southern states as well as local young ladies. Out of town . . . Map (db m50175) HM
20 Georgia, Newton County, Covington — 107-7 — The March to the Sea
On Nov. 15, 1864, after destroying Atlanta and cutting his communications with the North, Maj. Gen. W. T. Sherman, USA, began his destructive campaign for Savannah -- the March to the Sea. He divided his army [US] into two wings. The Right Wing . . . Map (db m20480) HM
21 Georgia, Newton County, Covington — 107-4 — The Stoneman Raid
In July, 1864, Maj. Gen. W.T. Sherman’s army [US] closed in on Atlanta. Finding its fortifications “too strong to assault and too extensive to invest,” Sherman sought to force its evacuation by sending Maj. Gen. Geo. Stoneman, with three . . . Map (db m20478) HM
22 Georgia, Newton County, Covington — To The Confederate Dead of Newton County
West side Their gallant and heroic deeds like monumental shafts arise from out the graveyard of the past, and mark the tombs where valor lies. _______ South side No sordid or mercenary spirit animated the . . . Map (db m103368) WM
23 Georgia, Newton County, Covington — 23 — Washington Street SchoolA Bedrock of Black History in Newton County, GA.
In 1889 Washington Street School was established under the Covington City School system. The old building burned in 1939. Students and faculty met for two years in Black Churches. 1941 -- A new brick school house was completed. The name and . . . Map (db m49807) HM
24 Georgia, Newton County, Mansfield — 107-10 — Mansfield's Famous Southpaw
Sherrod Malone Smith (1891-1949) played 23 years of professional baseball including 14 seasons in the major leagues. Babe Ruth, another left-hander, said that he was, "the greatest pick-off artist who ever lived." He played in Pittsburgh, Brooklyn . . . Map (db m12260) HM
25 Georgia, Newton County, Mansfield — 4 — Mansfield's First School
Mansfield’s first school was Center Grove Academy built prior to 1860. The Green Schoolhouse was established in 1890. Mansfield High School was moved to this site in 1908.Map (db m108638) HM
26 Georgia, Newton County, Newborn — 12 — NewbornFormerly Part of Baldwin, Jasper Counties
Settlement began after the 1807 Land Lottery. R. Fretwell, W. Burge, J. Hartwell & S. Gay moved to the area c. 1809. A log church was built for the Methodist in 1820. Rufus Broome, Nestor & John W. Pitts settled with the idea of developing a town. . . . Map (db m190801) HM
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27 Georgia, Newton County, Oxford — 20 — Kitty's Cottage1842
Kitty’s cottage was built in 1842 by Bishop James O. Andrew for an inherited slave who could not be freed and still live in Georgia; Kitty preferred to remain with the Andrew family rather than be sent to Africa. In 1938 Kitty’s cottage was bought . . . Map (db m48584) HM
28 Georgia, Newton County, Oxford — L3 — Old ChurchMethodist Meeting House — March to the Sea Heritage Trail —
Built in 1841 as a Methodist meeting house, Old Church was designed in the Greek Revival style with 14 rows of stark wooden pews and two separate front doors for men and women. During the Civil War, Old Church and several buildings on the Emory . . . Map (db m113296) HM
29 Georgia, Newton County, Oxford — 19 — Old Church - 1841
Old Church was the first Chapel of Emory College, and a church for Methodists in Oxford, a pulpit for scholar--preachers. It was the center of Methodism in the South when the issue of slavery split the Church in 1844, contributing to the succession . . . Map (db m48536) HM
30 Georgia, Newton County, Oxford — The Old Oxford ChurchErected 1841
Restored 1949 under direction of Bishop Arthur J. Moore A symbol of our father's faith Scene of many historic occasions Loved by generations of Emory students It was for many, another Bethel- House of God, the Gate of Heaven . . . Map (db m113285) HM
31 Georgia, Newton County, Oxford — 107-09 — Town of Oxford and Emory College
Emory College was chartered December 19, 1836 when Georgia Methodists expanded their educational program. Named in honor of Methodist Bishop John Emory (1789-1835) who helped organize several northern colleges and presided over the Georgia . . . Map (db m11217) HM
32 Georgia, Newton County, Oxford — 12 — Town of Oxford, Georgia Historic Shrine of the United Methodist Church — United Methodist Church Registered Historic Site No. 12 —
(Front): In 1836 the Georgia Methodist Conference founded Emory College, named in honor of Bishop John Emory who had died the year before. Early in 1837. 1452 acres of land were purchased with 330 acres being set aside for the college town . . . Map (db m19732) HM
33 Georgia, Newton County, Social Circle — 1 — Brick StoreDecember 24, 1821
The General Store and residence of Martin Kolb was named by the Georgia General Assembly as the temporary meeting place for elections and courts of the newly formed Newton County. The first justices of the inferior court were George . . . Map (db m34543) HM
34 Georgia, Newton County, Starrsville — Old Starrsville Store
In the early 1830's mercantile business occupied this site. It was first owned and operated by George Leak, then successively, John W. Starr, C.C. Epps & Co., Benton & Cook, L.H. Cook & Son, Wilson Walton and Mrs. E. A. King. A two story wood . . . Map (db m197746) HM
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Feb. 21, 2024