Taking You Places You've Never Been Before


CIRCA is an auxiliary educational group of APC that offers monthly behind-the-scenes tours of select historic sites in Atlanta and nearby areas.

CIRCA LogoWe see sites both before renovation begins and after the final touches have been completed.

Usually scheduled for the second Tuesday evening of the month March through December, CIRCA will take you places you’ve never been before.  Come explore with us!

To Join CIRCA, you need be a member of the Atlanta Preservation Center. Please visit Membership to join both the APC and CIRCA.

To see previous CIRCA events please visit its message board.

Upcoming CIRCA events:  CIRCA's June Meeting:

Please join us for an exciting tour of Porterdale Mill Lofts.  Please note that the date for this event falls outside of our regular meeting schedule.

Date: Saturday June 20, 2015

Time:  11:00am (The tour will begin at 11am and last about an hour.  After the tour it is suggested that you have lunch in town and then tour the town on your own, either on foot or by car.)

RSVP: Reservations are not required for this event. 

Address:  1109 Main  Street, Porterdale, GA 30014 (35 miles east of Atlanta, just south of I-20, on the Yellow River)

Details:  The earliest known reference to the town of Porterdale is in 1830 as the tiny grist mill and foundry settlement of Cedar Shoals a few miles south of Covington.  In 1899 the Bibb Manufacturing Company built a twine mill on the river and named it Porterdale Mill after a founder of the community, Oliver Porter.  The mill prospered into the 1960’s becoming the world’s largest producer of twine.  Low priced global competition forced its closing in the early 1970’s causing the small town of Porterdale to decline.  In 2006 the Porterdale Mill was transformed into the Porterdale Mill Lofts, with residential, retail, and live/work spaces.  The Lofts showcase materials and craftsmanship of another era.  The original support beams made of longleaf pine are still used in much of the Cotton Warehouse and Mill Building.  Many hallways and residences in the Mill building feature original maple flooring, now fully refinished.


Porterdale was a typical mill town run in an orderly, patriarchal manner.  The homes were owned and maintained by the mill for their workers.  In the 1970’s when the mill closed, Porterdale began deteriorating.  The transformation of the Porterdale Mill into the Porterdale Mill Lofts was the stimulus for the New Porterdale.  People began to take an interest in the wonderful, historic mill cottages and began to purchase them for owner occupancy.  Porterdale is, perhaps, the most intact mill village in the south due to the fact that the original area of cottages built for the workers, along with their school, remains today.

Parking: There is plenty of free parking on site.

Fee:  Free for CIRCA members and first-time guests, $10 for returning visitors.  Membership forms will be available at the event.

For Additional Information (and photos):  http://www.cityofporterdale.com and http://www.porterdalemill.com