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Local History: the Covington Heart Pine Knot House

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Covington History segment provided by local historical writer Ron Barthet. View Ron’s blog Tammany Family here.

Over the years, it has been the subject of many an artistic photograph, painting, and even postcards. Bridal photography has used it as a background. Motorists along U.S. 190 in Covington marvel at its roadside mystery every day.

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According to Warner family members, the shed was made with fat pine knots from the Mackie Pine Products company sometime in the early 1920’s. Richard Warner explained that it was a walk in gate and was used by his dad’s wife to raise ferns. 

“This was back when 21st Avenue was a dirt road and a lot of people walked where they were going,” said Richard Warner on Facebook. “It used to have a wood shingle roof, but it finally rotted away and was replaced with tin.” 

Over the years people passing by have speculated why it was built, and there were a lot of false rumors regarding its original purpose, Warner noted. 

Many older Covington residents today have it indelibly etched in their memories because of their daily trips as students on their way to Covington High past the structure. 

Richard Warner went on to say that his father, J.H. Warner, Sr., used to say he graduated from the school of hard knocks. He learned bookkeeping/accounting while he was a representative of the American Paint Works and met Harry Mackie in the early 1900’s during which time they became friends. 

“Mr. Mackie was a chemist and had a small plant in Mississippi but decided to move it to our area early in the 1900’s because of all the longleaf pine stumpage in the area,” Richard explained. “My father bought some stock in the new Mackie Pine Products and was elected Secretary/Treasurer by the board of directors of the corporation. J. Harry Warner, Jr.(Harry), who was my half brother, worked in the plant and became plant superintendent.”

When the plant burned in 1945, Mr. Mackie decided to retire and Harry, Jr. bought him out and the plant was rebuilt and renamed Delta Pine Products. “My father continued on as Secretary/Treasurer of the company until his death at the age of 89 years and 10 months of age in 1958,” Richard went on to say. 

When the company found it hard to acquire enough stumps to process, it was decided to scrap the plant. Buddy Perreand was with Southern Scrap joined with Harry, and it became P&W Industries which, according to its webpage, was established in 1967.

The Pine Knot House Becomes Legendary 

Anne Sarphie of Re/Max Alliance real estate even has a description of it on her business webpage. “The Knot House: A well-known landmark in Covington is called “The Knot House” or “The Twig House”. It is located on private property, but it sits so close to the road that you see it as you drive by. Built nearly 100 years ago… it has withstood many hurricanes, high winds and falling tree limbs. It is constructed from the heart pine knots, the hardest and heartiest part of the pine tree. It makes me smile every time I pass it.”

Artists and photographers have found it enchanting, especially when the sun and shadows are just right. Being made of knots of heart pine, it’s a unique bit of Covington’s timber and pine oil history and has a special place in many people’s hearts.

Behind the pine knot house was the Warner family property. Here is a photo of the classic family home as found on a real estate website when it was for sale a few years ago.

This is the house where the people who built the heart pine knot haven lived
More photos in the link below

See more photos of the Heart Pine Knot House at tammanyfamily.blogspot.com!

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Covington Announces Antiques and Uniques Festival Sept 5 & 6, 2020

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The City of Covington and the Covington Heritage Foundation invites you to join them for the Covington Antiques & Uniques Festival September 5th & 6th, 2020. The annual festival usually held in spring is a wonderful time for locals and visitors alike.

The two-day free festival is on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm at the Covington Trailhead. Featuring shops and vendors with antiques, vintage collectibles and crafts, architectural salvage, live auction, an appraisal fair, food, live music and more. This year will also incorporate the St. Tammany Art Association’s Covington Art Market!

A schedule of events will be announced on the website www.covingtonheritagefoundation.com as the event nears. For more information, contact the Covington Heritage Foundation at info@covingtonheritagefoundation.com.

The Festival will be following the 6 ft physical distancing and face mask mandate as required by our Governor at the time of the event.

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Zita’s Place Features Beautiful Crystals, Gems & Unique Jewelry

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Zita’s in Covington is home to many unique treasures – from fanciful figurines covering the realm of mystical creatures, to beautiful, simple and ornate jewelry, clothing and accessories. Visit them today and let your imagination soar. Open 7 days a week, on 21st Ave across from the library. www.zitazone.com

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Zita’s Place Has Jewelry for Playful Spirits

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Zitas JewelryFind unique and beautiful jewelry at Zita’s! Crystal and stone-adorned pendants, bracelets and earings, funky and classic styles. Zita’s also has hard-to-find jeweled accessories like the hairpins pictured, and carries many local artists and crafts people. Zita’s has an exquisite collection of larger crystals and gems as well, like the geodes pictured here.

319 W. 21st Ave, Covington, LA    zitazone.com

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Shop Local at Shop Soul Boutique on Boston Street – Fine Art, Hand Made Jewelry, Clothing & Accessories

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Shop Soul BoutiqueReina Solano, owner of Shop Soul, has an eye for the unique. You’ll find one of a kind accessory items, vintage and new clothing, mittens, bags, sunglasses, footwear and much more. Shop Soul also features fine art by Rebecca Authement, Amber Damare and Heather Vallaire. Decorate your Soul at Shop Soul Boutique!

Shop Soul is open Monday – Saturday from 11 am – 6 pm at 529 E. Boston Street in downtown Covington.

Like Shop Soul Boutique on Facebook or follow them on Instagram @shopsoulboutique

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Rosemary’s Closet Goes to Hollywood – Local Shop An Affordable Vintage Goldmine

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Covington Weekly met local costume designer Kim Martinez while she was out perusing the great selection of vintage clothing and accessories at Rosemary’s Closet on the Trace. Kim was looking for 60’s and 70’s clothing for the upcoming film, “Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser,” which will shoot in Downtown Covington later in November. Kim stated that she prefers to shop locally for the costumes she uses, adding to the movie industry’s contribution to the local economy. As a former business owner on Magazine Street in New Orleans, Martinez understands the impact of shopping locally. Plus, anyone who has been in Rosemary’s Closet knows that you’ll find Magazine Street quality clothing without the Magazine Street prices.

Rosemary Closet goes to Hollywood

Visit www.projectcasting.com for more info.

Vintage isn’t just for the movies, either. Locals also enjoy Rosemary’s Closet for unique outfits and accessories, with owner Elizabeth William’s expert guidance. When they ask, tell them you found it at Rosemary’s Closet! Open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. or call for appointment, 984-264-5085. 410 N. New Hampshire

Rosemary Closet Affordable Quality Vintage

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Unique Digital Announcements & Invitations By Celebrations Paperie

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Celebrations PaperieCelebrations Paperie is an online shop that provides quality, affordable digital invitations and announcements designed to celebrate life events.  Themed designs for invitations including wedding events, birthday parties, bridal showers, baby showers, religious events and more!  Announcements include new baby, engagement, moving, graduation or any other event you may be celebrating.  Hundreds of templates to choose from, customized for your event and produced in a digital format for printing or email.  Visit http://celebrationspaperie.etsy.com to see more examples!

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Decorate Your Soul At Shop Soul Boutique

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Shop Soul 3shop soul boutiqueTucked into the side of St. John’s Coffeehouse on Boston Street is a bright Covington gem, a place full of fun and pizzazz. At Shop Soul Boutique you can find the best of local – hand crafted naturalistic jewelry, eclectic local art, unique vintage clothing, accessories, and so much more! Reina hand picks all of the items in her shop to bring you the most soulful outfits around, sure to start a conversation or two. Stop by today at 529 E. Boston Street, and follow “Shop Soul Boutique” on Facebook and Instagram to see more of their retail!

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New Original Art At The French Mix

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New Original Art At The French Mix AngelsNew Original Art At The French Mix AngelsNew original art at The French Mix! These angels are hand painted with a thick texture, lending to rich contrast in gentle pastel colors. Beautiful works perfect for most any space, they are available in varying colors and styles. As always, original art is tax free in the Cultural Arts District. Stop by today at 228 Lee Lane in Historic Downtown Covington, visit www.shopthefrenchmix.com or call (985) 809-3152

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Shop The French Mix – When Ordinary Won’t Do

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The French Mix edStep into The French Mix and experience the comforts of home in a traditionally fresh and upscale way. Furniture, art and decor are all arranged in an elegant but casual manner, with a detailed eye for balancing colors, textures, patterns and shapes. Beautiful displays and treasures are around every corner, layered tastefully with unique and bold furniture and art. From slip covered furniture to solid petrified wood end tables, the store is a collection of all the necessities for the sophisticated, yet comfortable, home.

Jennifer DiCerbo, co-owner of The French Mix, offers her design services to customers wanting a new look for their home. Whether you’re looking to completely redo a space or just need help finding the right items to compliment an existing style, you can trust Jennifer’s fine eye for detail to guide you.

Tom DiCerbo, Jennifer’s husband, finds his strength is in the business side of the shop. He stays busy ordering and inventorying new merchandise in conjunction with a seamless in-store client experience. Tom is also president of the Covington Business Association (CBA), a local non-profit aimed at supporting and promoting local businesses in Covington. The family lives in Old Covington with their two children Jackson and Sophia, and are committed to the success of the business.

The French Mix is located in Downtown Covington on Historic Lee Lane. To learn more visit their website www.shopthefrenchmix.com or Facebook page “The French Mix”. Google “The French Mix Covington, LA” to view a virtual tour of the shop.

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