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