You might be tempted to overlook the White House of Porterdale, but you would be mistaken. This stately home, a bit overgrown and forlorn now, was once the home of an Industrial revolutionist! In fact, his legacy is what built this community and helped Porterdale flourish.
Once a part of Cedar Shoals, historians agree that Porterdale is one of the most remarkable towns of its time. Its main source of income came from the Mill, which was established by Noah Philips and his partners from Connecticut. Phillips first invested his capital in establishing a factory for the purpose of wool carding and cotton. The factory was named as Cedar Shoals Manufacturing Company, later known as Porterdale Mills, Inc. After a few years, the company's one half of the ownership came to Charles Camp, whose death made the ownership inherited to his wife Julia Camp and his daughter Charley Camp. Julia Camp would later marry Oliver S. Porter, a bookkeeper from Penfield, Connecticut.
Now, here’s where the story gets interesting.
Cedar Shoals Place. The home was built on the south side of the river on a knoll overlooking the mill and was said to have been a perfect masterpiece of carpentry and carvings. The home, later renamed Porter Place and nicknamed “The White House” was a stunning masterpiece while still maintaining the subtle sophistication of a mill town.Oliver S. Porter sold the Mill and used his new found wealth to build
As time went by, Cedar Shoals would be renamed Porterdale in memory of Oliver S Porter and his lovely home would be forever cherished by the community.
Now, the home is a church and a museum of sorts, and visitors are welcomed from all across the nation. Stop by the White House today and experience how a true man of industry once lived.