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Newton County

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Source: David Seibert

Date Built1884
Architecture StyleSecond Empire
DesignerBruce & Morgan
Seat Information
Courthouse DetailsThe Dec. 1821 legislation creating Newton County authorized the county's first inferior court to purchase up to 202.5 acres for locating a courthouse and jail and laying out town lots, the sale of which would go toward the expense of erecting public buildings. Until a courthouse could be built, the legislation provided that elections and court sessions be held at the house of Martin Robb. Jordan and Puster report that a one-room log courtroom was built at Brick House (ten miles east of present-day Covington) in 1822 at a total price of $62. A two-room log courtroom was built in Covington -- probably in 1822 or 1823. Possibly, this structure was replaced by a more substantial courthouse. In any event, the building serving as courthouse burned on the final day of 1883. The current courthouse was built on the site of its predecessor in 1884.
County Data
Population 200062,001
Population Growth60.6
County SeatCovington
County Area279.2 Square Miles
Location MapNewton County Location Map

Newton County was created from Henry, Jasper, and Walton counties on Dec. 24, 1821 by an act of the General Assembly (Ga. Laws 1821, p. 38). Georgia’s 53rd county was named for Revolutionary War hero Sgt. John Newton (1755-1780). The area that became Newton County originally was Creek Indian lands ceded by the Treaty of Fort Wilkinson (1802), Treaty of the Creek Agency (1818), and Treaty of Indian Springs (1821).

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Historical Population
2010 99,958
2000 62,001
1990 41,808
1980 34,489
1970 26,282
1960 20,999
1950 20,185
1940 18,576
1930 17,290
1920 21,680
1910 18,449
1900 16,734
1890 14,310
1880 13,623
1870 14,615
1860 14,320
1850 13,296
1840 11,628
1830 11,155