Newton County has an extensive history in the film industry and perhaps its first notable entry is the TV Series The Dukes of Hazard by Gy Waldron. Waldron directed a film called Moonrunners in 1975 which had a similar premise and inspired him to go on and create Dukes of Hazard. The TV series focused on two cousins, Bo and Luke Duke, who lived in the fictional rural area of Georgia known as Hazzard County, Oxford College, not surprisingly, provided a few great filming locales for the now iconic television show.
The first location that Oxford College provided was Seney Hall. This is probably one of the most recognizable buildings at the college and it was featured in the opening credits of almost every episode. This is where the General Lee made its very first jump on November 11th 1978. The jump distance was 81 feet.
In a scene from ‘One Armed Bandits’ you can see the same tree (above) where the “Honest John Ledbetter” poster was put up. This is in front of Candler Hall at Oxford College. Not the tennis court in the background- is still there. Dukes also used the inside of Candler Hall for filming. Chandler Hall was used as the Civic & Fraternal Club, and also in the scenes where Boss Hogg and Rosco overlooked the room with the slot machines (below).
The Dukes of Hazzard had a seven-season run from 1979-1985 and , although only the first five episodes where shot here, made a huge impact on Film Tourism for Covington/Newton County. If you find yourself in Oxford and are a fan of the series make sure to check out these sights. You will feel as if you were in “in original” Hazzard County with Bo and Lu