Formerly known as the Town of Wharton, Covington, Louisiana was founded in 1813 by John Wharton Collins. After that, two theories have been introduced as to the origins of the name Covington for the city. The first, more honorable theory, is that the town was named after a war hero from the War of 1812 called General Leonard Covington. The less honorable, but more entertaining theory is that the city was named after the city where town officials obtained their whiskey – Blue Grass Whiskey, Covington, Kentucky. Whatever theory is correct, Covington, Louisiana, has earned a reputation for culture and commerce in St. Tammany Parish. Three different rivers merge in Covington, Louisiana – the Bogue Falaya River, the Tchefuncte River, and the Abita River – and this is fitting because Covington also seems to have diverse “personalities.”

On the one side, Covington is a modern, quickly-growing city, which is adding retail, restaurant, commercial, healthcare, and industrial businesses at a record pace. After almost “disappearing” as a viable city in St. Tammany Parish because of the oil bust in 1986, Covington applied and was accepted to become a “Main Street” community, a program administered by The National Main Street Program. This program offers a 4-step program which helps revitalize cities. Covington graduated from the 5-year program in 1992 and has been growing ever since. One busy commercial section of Covington called the “190 Exit” now offers 9 name-brand hotels, accommodating travelers on I-12, which itself has been named one of the fastest growing interstate corridors in the Southeast. These hotels stay occupied and bring much business to the restaurants, fast food chains, and retails shops on this highway.

In contrast, Downtown Covington has a more charming quaintness with historic architecture, quiet oak trees, and well-maintained “sidewalk shops,” bars, entertainment venues, and restaurants. Winding through Covington on Boston Street, the visitor is treated to an arts and culture experience with local restaurants featuring the artwork of both local artists as well as famous New Orleans artists. This area even features the Second Saturday Evening Stroll in Downtown Covington during the months of March – December. Museums on Boston Street open their doors and provide food and alcoholic beverages to pedestrian traffic.

Covington is the perfect place to buy a house and raise a family with numerous parks and waterways in which to play. BogueFalaya Wayside Park & Pavilion, Bogue Chitto Park, Hubie Gallagher Park, Menetre Park Public Boat Launch, and Rev. Peter Atkins Park which keeps a community pool schedule are all available for families with children to interact with each other in a truly small-town environment.

Notable attractions also are available in Covington, such as The Covington Trailhead. Resembling an old-fashioned railroad station, The Trailhead includes a clock tower called a campanile, which is an Italian bell tower, an amphitheater, a grassy knoll for audience seating, a covered marketplace, restrooms, water fountains, a museum/visitor’s center and a small movie theater. The Covington Farmer’s Market, held Wednesday’s and Saturday’s is one of the most prosperous farmer’s market in Louisiana, grossing up to $1 million in sales.

Supporting the music scene in Covington, Louisiana is monthly events starting in March and continuing until October, which feature live, outdoor concerts. These events include Rockin’ the Rails, held at the Covington Trailhead, Sunset at the Landing Concerts, held at the foot of Columbia Street, called Columbia Street Landing, and the Columbia Street Block Party, held the last Friday of every month. In support of thespians, Fuhrmann Auditorium, a part of The Greater Covington Center campus, regularly presents professional, high-quality productions like Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Pride & Prejudice, and Les Miserables. Other events are held in conference rooms, such as the Bogue Falaya Hall, at The Greater Covington Center, which is similar to The Castine Center in Mandeville, LA, a 4,000 square foot events center complete with a full catering kitchen perfect for large parties, events, and small concerts; a private gazebo and plenty of parking.

Covington, LA recently celebrated its 200-year anniversary. In honor of this historic birthday, Covington completed renovations of roads, sidewalks, landscaping, and curbside upgrades throughout Downtown Covington. Another historic landmark making a comeback in the city is the Heiner Brau Microbrewery & Museum, which is now The Covington Brewhouse. The Brewhouse offers Saturday tours for visitors to see the process of producing some of the finest local beers in St. Tammany Parish. One major art event unexpectedly produces up to 50,000 visitors every November. Nationwide, approximately 200 artists apply to be a part of the Three Rivers Art Festival. The Festival is a display of fine art and crafts outside along six blocks of Columbia Street, from the Landing to the former City Hall downtown.

Covington, Louisiana is a hub for art, music, and theatrical culture on the Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain in St. Tammany Parish. This city is diverse not only in culture but also in major business and commerce on the I-12 corridor. The exit off of I-12 at Highway 21 features St. Tammany Parish Hospital as well as specialty clinics and hospitals. This exit also has major retail stores such as Belks, Target, and Best Buy and boasts several major national chain restaurants. The unincorporated city of Covington includes homes situated on real estate which includes acres of land as well as upscale neighborhoods and subdivisions, which include new homes and previously-owned houses ranging from the $200’s to over $2 million. Covington offers something for every type of family and a lifestyle to accommodate any homeowner. Visit today to discover the cultural and diverse offerings of Covington, Louisiana.

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