Welcome to Covington County, Alabama

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History of Covington County, Alabama

Covington County was created on 1821 Dec. 17. Its boundaries were rearranged in 1824, 1841 and 1868. It was named for Brig. Gen. Leonard Wailes Covington, a soldier in the War of 1812 (Maryland). In 1868 Aug., the name was changed to Jones County, though the original name was restored in 1868 Oct. The county is located in the south-central part of the state, bordering Florida on the South. It presently comprises 1,038 square miles.

On December 18, 1821, the Alabama General Assembly appointed Covington County commissioners William Carter Jr., James R. Mobley, Aaron Lockhart, Henry Jones, and Abel Polk “to fix and designate a suitable place for a seat of Justice, and to contract for, and superintend the erection of such public buildings” as necessary for the use of the county. Originally known as Covington Court House, the county seat was named Montezuma by 1824 and was located on the banks of the Conecuh River near this site. Due to repeated flooding, the seat of justice was moved to present day Andalusia in 1844 and Montezuma was eventually abandoned.

The populated locations of Covington County are at Babbie, Carolina, Florala, Gantt, Heath, Horn Hill, Libertyville, Lockhart, Onycha, Opp, River Falls and Sanford.

Sparsely populated areas of Covington County: Antioch, Beck, Beda, Beulah, Blairs, Blue Springs, Boston, Boykin, Brooks, Cedar Grove, Clearview, Coldwater, Dunns, Duvall, Eoda, Estohel, Fairfield, Falco, Five Points, Friendship, Harmony, Howells, Huckaville, Loango, McRae, Opine, Rawls, Red Level, Rome, Rose Hill, Stanley, Stedman, Straughn, Valley of Shiloh, Wiggins and Wing.

Neighboring Counties
Alabama Counties: Butler, Coffee, Conecuh, Crenshaw,
Escambia, Geneva Florida Counties: Okaloosa, Walton

Ken Flowers - Covington County Coordinator
Last Updated - September 2016