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Arcadia Mill Archaeological Site


The Arcadia Mill Archaeological Site in Milton represents the largest 19th-century water-powered industrial complex in northwest Florida. This site was the location of a multi-faceted operation that included a water-powered sawmill, a lumber mill with planning and lathing machines, gristmill, bucket and pail factory, shingle mill, cotton textile mill, and even an experimental silk cultivation operation. The Arcadia Mill complex also included many other structures and industries, which all came together to produce Florida’s largest antebellum industrial complex.

Arcadia Mill offers visitors an historical experience as well as the opportunity to visit a unique wetland ecosystem. After a trip to the Visitor Center and Museum, visitors can enjoy a leisurely walk on an elevated boardwalk through the archaeological remains of the mills, across Mill Pond Creek, and through the swamps associated with this historic water-powered operation.

School groups are welcome for guided tours drawn from Florida's Sunshine State Standards for a modest fee. See the website to schedule tours of the site that focus on archaelogy, history, and/or science.

Arcadia Mill is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year. See the Calendar of Events on their website for activities for all ages.

Visitor Center and Museum:
5709 Mill Pond Lane, Milton
Visitor Center & Museum, Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Grounds open year-round, sunrise to sunset

Free admission. Last tour leaves at 3:15 p.m.

Website: historicpensacola.org/explore-arcadia-mill