An Overview of Covington, Virginia

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Summary of Covington

Covington is the county seat of the county of Alleghany, Virginia. An independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia, it is the third-least populous city of the state with only a population of 5,961 people as of the 2010 census. Along with Roanoke and Salem, the city is part of the Roanoake Regional Partnership. It was named after the War of 1812 hero General Leonard Covington, who was also a friend of James Madison and Thomas Jefferson.

The city of Covington lies on both sides of the Jackson River. According to the United States Census Bureau, it has a total area of 5.7 square miles. The city has a humid subtropical climate. This means hot, humid summers and mild to cold winter.

Historic Sites

Landmarks and establishments in Covington that have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) include:

  • Covington High School
    • It is one of the smallest high schools in Virginia. Part of the Covington Public Schools System, it is the only high school in the city of Covington.
  • Covington Historic District
    • The national historic district encompasses 108 buildings, one site and one structure in the historic core of Covington City. Notable establishments in the district include Merry Stand, the James Burk House, Callaghan House, William W. Lawrence House, Covington Savings Bank, Rinehart Building, I. O. O. F. Building, Covington Post Office, Alleghany County Courthouse, Alleghany County Jail, Hotel Collins, Hippodrome Theater, C&O Railway and Freight Station, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, First Presbyterian Church and Covington Baptist Church.
  • First Baptist Church of Covington, Virginia
    • The historic African American Baptist church complex consists of two churches. One was built around 1890 of the Gothic Revival architectural style. The other was built in 1911 of the Gothic Revival and Colonial Revival styles.
  • Fudge House
    • The historic residence was built around 1798. In 1826, 1897 and 1910, additions and modifications were done to the log house. Today, it is a two-story weatherboarded home made out of log, frame and brick. Also located on the property is another house, a smokehouse, and the ruins of a slave cabin.


WestRock is a Corrugated packaging company formed in July of 2015 after MeadWestvaco merged with RockTenn. Headquartered in Sandy Springs, Georgia, it has dominated the economy in Covington since its predecessors started operating in the city in 1899. The facility is the second-largest on the East Coast and employs around 1,300 workers. It mainly produces bleached paper and paperboard for packaging.

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