The City of Porterdale sits astride the Yellow River on S.R. 81 in Newton County. It is approximately 36 miles east of Atlanta, and 47 miles south of Athens. Porterdale was founded in 1830 and developed as a mill town beginning with a grist mill, saw mill and foundry.
Later, Bibb Manufacturing Company operated what was at the time the largest twine mill up through the end of World War II. The mill was the county’s main employer, and operated the areas only fully staffed hospital, provided recreation programs for the mill workers and their children, and built beautifully designed schools and churches within the village limits.