Georgia, being one of the original 13 United States colonies, is full of history. From Sherman's March to the Sea to Oglethorpe's landing port in Savannah – Georgia has a rich past that can still be explored today. Newton County, like other counties in Georgia, also tells a historical story of its own. One place to explore that is full of history is Cedar Shoals, which is located just south of Covington, GA.
This historical location was named Cedar Shoals due to the fact that it was home to many bright and beautiful cedar trees around the settlement. At the time that it was named, only seven houses were located there. This settlement was later named Boston and the houses that once were there were relocated to the north side of the river to make things more comfortable for the settlement's residents.
This location has much history with the Civil War and the Industrial Revolution. In fact, when it comes to the Industrial Revolution, many from that time marked Cedar Shoals as one of the most important and remarkable places of its time; this is thanks to Noal Philips and his partners who decided to build a foundry in the South. They later built a wool carding and cotton factory in Cedar Shoals that was named Cedar Shoals Manufacturing Company; later it became known as Porterdale Mills, Inc.
Today, Cedar Shoals is now known as Porterdale. It was renamed in memory of Oliver S. Porterdale. Porterdale is one of the most historically significant locations in Georgia, meaning its a great place to explore and see – especially if you are a history buff! You can spend the day exploring the historical locations, floating down the river with the Porterdale YAK Club or shopping at the Porterdale Mill Lofts.