Alabama was the first state in the United States to declare Christmas a legal holiday, in 1836.
Covington County, Alabama has a rich and diverse history that dates back thousands of years. The land that is now Covington County was originally home to various Native American tribes, including the Creek and Choctaw. These tribes relied on the land's resources for hunting, fishing, and agriculture.

In the early 19th century, the region saw an influx of European settlers, primarily of Scottish and Irish descent. These settlers established farms and timber operations, taking advantage of the area's abundant natural resources. The county was officially created in 1821 and named after Brigadier General Leonard Covington, a hero of the War of 1812.

During the Civil War, Covington County played a significant role as part of the Confederacy. Many residents joined the Confederate army and fought in various battles, including the Battle of Okatoma Creek. The county also housed a Confederate prison camp, which held Union prisoners of war.

After the Civil War, Covington County experienced economic growth with the expansion of the timber and agricultural industries. Lumber mills were established, and the production of timber became a major driver of the county's economy. The arrival of the railroad in the late 19th century further stimulated growth and allowed for easier transportation of goods.

Today, Covington County continues to rely on industries like agriculture, timber, and manufacturing. The county is also known for its natural beauty, with several lakes and recreational areas attracting visitors. With a blend of historical legacy and modern development, Covington County remains an important part of Alabama's rich history.

This timeline provides a condensed summary of the historical journey of Covington County, Alabama.

  • 1818 - Covington County is established by the Alabama Territorial Legislature.
  • 1821 - The county seat is established in Montezuma, which is later renamed Andalusia.
  • 1861-1865 - Covington County residents actively participate in the American Civil War.
  • 1897 - Covington County's first public school, Andalusia High School, is established.
  • 1901 - The Covington County Courthouse is constructed in Andalusia.
  • 1930s - The boll weevil infestation severely impacts the local economy, leading to a shift from agriculture to forestry.
  • 1937 - The Conecuh National Forest is established, providing opportunities for recreation and timber production.
  • 1942 - Andalusia Army Airfield is established as a training facility during World War II.
  • 1963 - Racial tensions rise during the Civil Rights Movement, leading to protests and desegregation efforts in Covington County.
  • 1970s-1980s - The textile industry plays a significant role in Covington County's economy.
  • 1990s - The establishment of the South Alabama Regional Airport boosts transportation capabilities.
  • 2000s - Covington County experiences growth in healthcare, education, and manufacturing industries.