Main Street Park, Covington, Virginia

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad

Covington is a town in the eastern central part of the U.S. state of Virginia. One of the town’s attractions is Main Street Park. It is only six acres which sits along the Jackson River. It has a playground, a pool, a gazebo, a picnic shelter, and, very important, restrooms. Whenever you are in Covington, Virginia, make a visit to Main Street Park.

Some of you are saying, “This is a simple park just like any park you would see in any town. There is nothing very interesting about the park.”

Covington, Virginia is named after General Leonard Covington. He fought during the War of 1812 and became a war hero. He was also good friends with U.S. Presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. Through the years, growth in the town was slow. That changed in the 1890’s when there was a population boom. What caused the boom? The Chesapeake…

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2 thoughts on “Main Street Park, Covington, Virginia

  1. What a beautiful train. What a lovely piece of history. When my dad was in the military we lived in Norfolk, VA and Virginia Beach. I do have some good memories of Virginia
    Beach. Thanks for this historic post. Sending love and hugs always my friend? Just one question, was it usually two men that shoveled the coal on a train that size, like in the movies?

    • There were occasions where two men would shovel coal in the larger locomotives. The smaller ones only had room for one. Covington is far from Norfolk, but it is a beautiful town.

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