Welcome to Covington, Louisiana.
Just outside of the New Orleans metropolitan area lies Covington, Louisiana. This patriotic little city was founded on July 4, 1813 on a parcel of land owned by a New Orleans merchant. The system of streets and squares, central lots and alleys that he developed still exist today and are popularly known as "ox lots".
Covington is located in St. Tammany Parish (of which it is the parish seat), within Greater New Orleans Region, north of Lake Pontchartrain between Hammond and Slidell along US Hwy 190 on the banks of the Tchefuncta River near Abita Springs, Madisonville, and Mandeville. The Lake is an important piece to the region, with over 1.5 million people residing around it, also making it the centerpiece to the most populous area in Louisiana.
As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 8,483.
Lake Ponchartrain Causeway by Jim in Times Square, April 2006
Earliest known settlement by Europeans was in 1800 by Jacques Dreux. In 1813 John Wharton Collins established a town here with the name of Wharton. The city was renamed after General Leonard Covington, a hero of the War of 1812.
Created at the end of the last Ice Age, Lake Ponchartrain is an estuary that supports an ecosystem of lakes, rivers, bayous, forest, swamp and marshes. The Lake Ponchartrain Causeway is the longest bridge in the world. Spanning twenty four miles long and supporting over 30,000 cars crossing its expanse each day, the bridge connects Jefferson and St. Tammany Parishes. This gives St. Tammany a strategic position, giving both businesses and residents easy access to New Orleans and the rest of the Gulf-South. The parish has been recognized as having the best public schools in the state as well as a growing business community.
In the city of Covington, residents experience a relaxed way of life. The city combines the friendliness of country living with the amenities of a metropolitan area. You will find year round festivals, Mardi Gras parades, and a thriving art community. The historic downtown area is located along the Bogue Falaya River, and offers a chance to stroll along cozy streets lined with mossy oaks. Here you will find plenty of boutiques, antique shops, restaurants and the Columbia Street Landing. The Landing is truly the heart of the city, where steamers originally brought many of the early settlers to this part of the world. It was a key component to the commerce trail, linking cities in the trade of cotton, lumber, bricks, whiskey and mail. The Columbia Street Landing is still an active harbor, and a nice place to spend an afternoon.
For outdoor recreation, Covington offers the Tammany Trace, a ten-foot wide paved hiking and biking trail. Fontainebleau State Park is a stunning escape for a day trip. Its picturesque live oak corridor turns into the entrance of this 2,700 acre park on Lake Ponchartrain. You can still see the ruins of an old plantation brickyard and sugar mill on the grounds. On the third Friday of each month, families converge on the Columbia Street Landing for the Sunset at the Landing Concert Series. This is a great chance to hear live music while the kids play and adults catch up on the latest town news.
Of course, Covington offers the best of regional cuisine. You will find a number of locally owned and operated restaurants with unique menus highlighting the best of local game, produce and ingenuity. At the Abita Brew Pub, you can sample of the house made Abita beer with food designed to complement the flavor of your ale. La Province taps into the region's French roots with fine cuisine highlighting the south of France. Artesia restaurant has its own presentation of fine French foods, served in an historic rural farmhouse. Even Chinese food gets a special bayou treatment, with specialties such as Crawfish in Lobster Sauce and Szechwan Alligator.
Covington, Louisiana offers its citizens educational and employment opportunities combined with an affordable cost of living and a laid-back lifestyle. Singles, families, and seniors all find themselves drawn to the region to enjoy its unique history, flavors and recreational opportunities.
Local daily news in Covington:
State Fire Marshal Issues Fines to Unlicensed Security Alarm Employees
With the hot summer months fast approaching, a time when many home security system companies solicit sales by canvassing neighborhoods, Louisiana State Fire Marshal H. "Butch" Browning would like to encourage homeowners to be vigilant in making sure that those selling these systems are properly licensed through his agency.
Public hearing to focus on pedestrian, bicycling access between Madisonville and Covington
A public hearing will be held June 13 to present the findings of a feasibility study on improving pedestrian and bicycling access and safety along Louisiana 21 between Madisonville and Covington .
St. Tammany junior and high school students featured in St. Tammany...
How do young people prepare themselves to navigate challenges in the field of visual art? Certainly the amount of time spent developing skills, basic and advanced, indicates willingness and intent.
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Places of interest:
Abita Springs, LA (4.7 miles), Madisonville, LA (6.4 miles), Mandeville, LA (7.8 miles), Folsom, LA (12.0 miles), Lacombe, LA (16.4 miles), Sun, LA (18.3 miles), Ponchatoula, LA (23.4 miles), Hammond, LA (24.9 miles).