Historic Arcadia From Home

COVID-19 Statement

As a Direct Support Organization of the University of West Florida, the UWF Historic Trust properties and museums are following the guidance of the University of West Florida for COVID-19 precautions. UWF is dedicated to the well-being and health of our organization and community. For COVID-19 updates from the University of West Florida, review uwf.edu/coronavirus.

Phase II Reopening

Limited operations of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays only has resumed, allowing plenty of time to sanitize the facilities. 

We still encourage visitors to purchase online tickets that are good for both museums, but on-site sales are also available.

Hand sanitizer stations are located at the entrance of both museum facilities. Interactive exhibits are routinely sanitized. The museum store has reopened and online sales are still available.

Staff is developing our reopening plan per the suggestions of the American Alliance of Museums which states, "a gradual approach [which] allows your museum to prioritize health and safety while taking progressive steps to restore regular operations."

Juneteenth at Historic Arcadia

We were unable to host a community event this year, but our museum was open to celebrate Juneteenth which marks the date of June 19th, 1865, two and half years after the Emancipation Proclamation, when enslaved people in Texas were finally freed. Miss Moss shared a special story and song underneath the story tree at Arcadia Homestead to celebrate.

Miss Moss reads Juneteenth Jamboree and sings "This Little Light of Mine"


Children's Resources

Check out these fun resources to use at home!

Coloring Sheets:

Arcadia Mill Coloring Sheet

Arcadia Homestead Coloring Sheet

Water Wheel Coloring Sheet


What is a thaumatrope? Find out below and make one for yourself!

How to Make a Thaumatrope

Thaumatrope Template

Have you ever thought about how clothes were once made? Learn more about spinning and weaving below!

Weaver's Cottage Activity Sheets

Help Archie the Archaeologist find his tools in the I-Spy below!

I Spy Archaeology


Miss Moss Story Time

Miss Moss has returned to share story time once again under the story tree at Arcadia Homestead!

Miss Moss reads The Good Egg

Miss Moss reads Madeline

Miss Moss reads Chicken Soup With Rice

Miss Moss reads Amelia Bedelia

Miss Moss reads The Monster at the End of This Book

Miss Moss reads Jillian Jiggs

Miss Moss reads Goodnight Pensacola

Miss Moss reads If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Miss Moss reads Rabbits and Raindrops

Miss Moss reads Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?

Miss Moss reads Is Your Mama a Llama?

Miss Moss reads The Terrible Captain Jack Visits the Museum Or A Guide to Museum Manners for Incorrigible Pirates and the Like

Miss Moss reads Where the Wild Things Are

Miss Moss reads Mrs. Brice's Mice

Archaeology in the A/C

Join us for archaeology in the comfort of your own, air-conditioned home!

Well, hello! Learn about our brick-lined well at the Arcadia Homestead site!

Our trees are witnessing historic events, learn more about Arcadia's heritage live oaks!

It is so important to experience historic sites with only your eyes! Learn more about how we can protect and preserve historic sites by not disturbing the cultural resources.


Fun with Flora

Check out these short videos about the interesting plants along Arcadia's boardwalk!

What is muscadine?

Need a caffeine boost? Learn about yaupon holly!

Have a wound from your quarantine home-improvement project? Learn about sphagnum moss!

Looking for a quarantine weaving project? Learn about the many uses of saw palmettos!

Did you know there is a carnivorous plant living at Arcadia? Learn more about these little killers and how they were useful to past peoples!

Did you know spanish moss had many historic uses for people in Northwest Florida? Learn more about this fascinating plant and plan a trip to see it in person at Historic Arcadia!


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