Several distinctive features help give downtown Covington a pedestrian-friendly, throwback feeling: its grid layout, its streets named for New England locales, its so-called ox lots — small lots for livestock, dotted throughout the oldest part of the town, that were part of the original layout drawn up by town founder John Wharton Collins more than 200 years ago that are now used mostly for car parking.

The section’s historic appeal should get another boost later this spring with the reopening of the Southern Hotel, a century-old building, empty for about a decade, that still recalls Covington’s days as a vacation destination, especially for visitors from the south shore.

The hotel is set to reopen June 1, the 107th anniversary of its original opening.