A slave quarters, an old church and hospital, the graves of eight Emory College presidents and a swamp all are found within the borders of Newton County, Georgia. Confederate soldiers lie in the Confederate Cemetery, and the Burge Plantation founded in 1809 and owned by seven generations of the same family is in Mansfield, Georgia. Historic markers note Sherman's March to the Sea, Stoneman's Raid and Gerrard's Cavalry Raid.Continue Reading
Television show "In the Heat of the Night" and five episodes of "The Dukes of Hazzard" were filmed in Newton County, as were movies "My Cousin Vinny," "Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives," "Halloween II," "The Fighting Temptations," "Black Dog," "Letter from a Wayward Son," "Bobby Jones -- Stroke of Genius" and "Madea's Family Reunion."
Paved Hightower Trail, once the dividing line between the Creek and the Cherokee tribes, and the slave quarters of Miss Kitty, who was owned by Bishop J.O. Andrew of the Methodist Church, are just two of the historical sites that dot the county. Miss Kitty's cottage stands behind the Old Church, which was built in 1841 for Emory College students and the town. It later served as a hospital.
The Gaither Plantation home, log cabin, Primitive Baptist Church and grounds provide hands-on agricultural experience of the 19th century.
Visitors enjoy wildlife in the Tupelo Gum Swamp and other activities in parks and wildlife centers.Learn more about The South