Covington history group to present new research on first county seat

Covington history group to present new research on first county seat

COVINGTON COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A Covington County organization dedicated to preserving local history is kicking off a year-long bicentennial celebration by presenting new research about an old county town.

The Covington County Genealogical and Historical Society has produced a new multi-page insert for a book about Williamsburg, which was published about seven years ago.

Williamsburg was the seat of county government from 1829 until 1906, when Collins became the county seat.

The new research includes facts about several family histories and details on how the first settlers used ancient Native American trails for travel.

“The settlers came in on Indian roads and the military and the settlers themselves started to widen the ones that were used most often,” said Nell Cobb, president of the Covington County Genealogical and Historical Society.

“Some of the older roads in the county and really, some of the newer roads, still follow those Indian trails,” Cobb said. “Because, the Indians laid out their trails on the best hiking geography, the uplands that didn’t flood too bad and that’s where the modern roads have ended up as well.”

The new research will be presented Saturday during a meeting at the Seminary Train Depot. It begins at 10 a.m.

The Covington County Genealogical and Historical Society is also celebrating the 200th birthday of Covington County, which was formed in 1819.

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