Newton County/Covington is on the cover of state magazine
Covington and Newton County were honored on the steps of the Georgia State Capital on Monday, Jan. 23 with the introduction of the Georgia Travel Guide for 2017.
Our hometown is on the front cover of the magazine that will be given to all visitors of the state. The cover is graced by The Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder, striking a vampish pose in the Mystic Grill restaurant. This is a huge honor and shows just how important the filming industry has become to the economy of our state, bringing in more than $3 billion worth of revenue for Georgia.
As one of Georgia’s first Camera Ready communities, Newton County continues to reap the benefits of film tourism. We’re old hats to show businesses, starting in 1955 with the film A Man Called Peter, which starred Richard Todd and Jean Peters. Our fame really took off in the 70’s and 80’s, when productions like the first five episodes of The Dukes of Hazzard, and the entire series of In the Heat of the Night made Covington their home. Today, Covington has become a hub for many popular TV and film productions, including all eight seasons of The Vampire Diaries.
“The Vampire Diaries and filming overall has been great for Newton County,” Newton County Chairman Marcello Banes said. “We’re so proud to be part of a state that supports the film industry. We hope to continue growing in the film industry and we’re excited to continue to work with new and upcoming productions coming to Newton County."
Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston is proud of the recognition that his beloved town has received for the Year of Film.
“Covington has always been known as the ‘Hollywood of the South,’ but being featured on the cover of the Georgia Travel Guide during Georgia’s Year of Film shows we have truly earned that moniker. Covington and Newton County are quickly becoming the premier destination for all things film related,” said Johnston.
Covington/Newton County is quickly growing with new merchants, tours, and attractions each year. Tourists who visit Covington can enjoy a variety of guided and self-guided film tours, ghost tours, food tours, and more! Having the opportunity to be included on the cover of this year’s Georgia Travel Guide is a true testament to how much the community has grown from the local film industry.