Arcadia Mill Archaeological Site in Milton, Florida, represents the first and largest 19th century water-powered industrial complex in northwest Florida.

Welcome to Arcadia Mill Archaeological Site

Set among the pine forests of Santa Rosa County, Florida, our 37 acre property will take you through 200 years of history.

Between 1817 and 1855, Arcadia developed into a multi-faceted operation that included a sawmill, a lumber mill with planing and lathing machines, the Arcadia Pail Factory, a shingle mill, textile mill, an experimental silk operation, and one of the first railroads chartered in territorial Florida. Arcadia also included a thriving industrial village of mixed ethnicity including enslaved African Americans, Anglo-American laborers, and high-status Anglo-American managers. The site’s historical significance extends beyond its antebellum roots including a few small Civil War skirmishes, the Arcadia Farm period during the late 19th to early 20th century, and the historic preservation movement that protected the site during the 1960s.

Trivia
What plant is nicknamed Old Man's Beard?

Spanish moss is nicknamed Old Man's Beard after a legend about a Spanish explorer getting stuck climbing a tree.