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Covington, at a fork of the Bogue Falaya and the Tchefuncte rivers, is the parish seat of St. Tammany Parish on the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans.

Covington offers its residents not only a country living atmosphere with plenty of green space and lots of trees, but also all the shopping and dining amenities of the city. There are many upscale subdivisions here with houses available in wide price ranges. For example, a two-bedroom, two-bath, 1,159-square-foot house is for sale for $179,000. Some other offerings are a four-bedroom, three-bath, 3,600-square-foot house in Bogue Glen for $375,000 and a newly constructed five-bedroom, three-bath, 4,240-square-foot home in Natchez Trace for $849,900.

Homes here are typically one story and are surrounded by plenty of lawn and mature trees. One three-bedroom house in Pineland Acres surrounded by shade trees is on the market for just $40,000. Other houses with plenty of trees include a three-bedroom house in Country Club for $269,000 and another in Bogue Glen for $279,000.

There are also lots for sale on which you can build the home of your dreams. Two are for sale in Covington itself: one for $650,000 and another for $329,000 and another in Helenberg for $500,000.

The earliest known settlement by Europeans in the Covington area was in 1800 by Jacques Dreux. By 1813, John Wharton Collins had established a town here with the name of Wharton; Collins is buried on the corner of the city cemetery directly across from the Covington Police Department.

There are conflicting stories about how the city came to be named Covington. Many historians believe the city was renamed after GeneralLeonard Covington, a hero of the War of 1812. Another theory is that the city was named in honor of the Blue Grass whiskey – made in Covington, Kentucky and enjoyed by town officials.

Initially, commerce was brought to Covington via boat up the Bogue Falaya River, which used the Tchefuncte River as a means of passage to and from Lake Pontchartrain. In 1888, the railroad was established and much of those rails are now occupied by the Tammany Trace, a 31-mile bike trail.

In the late 20th century, with the expansion of Louisiana’s road system, many people who worked in New Orleans started living in Covington, commuting to work via the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway.

Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Covington experienced a population boom as former New Orleanians were forced to move out of their storm-ravaged homes, moved into the Covington area and never moved back to the city. WikiMiniAtlas

Covington has the distinction of being the home of a 10-foot-tall statue of President Ronald Reagan on a six-foot base, which is reputed to be the world’s largest statue of the former president.

The Covington Trailhead is the start of Tammany Trace, a 31-mile paved trail for hikers and bicyclists, which connects Covington with Mandeville, Abita Springs, and Lacombe, other towns in St. Tammany Parish.

If you’re looking for a country atmosphere, but with the convenience of getting to New Orleans quickly across the Causeway, Covington might just be the right place for you.