Arcadia Mill Archaeological Site

UWF Historic Trust

For years, University of West Florida researchers have been digging for more details about the lives of the slaves who once lived and worked at the Arcadia Mill Archaeological Site in Milton.

As part of Black History Month, the latest findings will be highlighted in a weekend talk titled “In the Shadow of the Big House.”

Phillip W. Hoffman


The Arcadia Mill Archaeological Site in Milton is celebrating Black History Month with two public programs.

The first presentation this Saturday, Feb. 2 features the true story of an African-American ‘Buffalo Soldier’ from Florida and his journey to becoming a traitor and a hero.

Local author and historian Phillip Hoffman chronicles the story in his new book, David Fagen: Turncoat Hero.

Sandra Averhart / WUWF Public Media

The University of West Florida conducted excavations this summer at the Arcadia Mill Archaeological Site in Milton.

This latest round of research aims to add to the story of the Arcadia Mill Homestead, with a focus on the enslaved people who worked and lived there.

Arcadia Mill Archaelogical Site

After being closed for renovation for the past six months, the Arcadia Mill Archaeological Site will hold a Grand Reopening this weekend. The celebration is part of Florida Archaeology Month festivities.  

The historic Arcadia Mill was one of the largest early American industrial complexes in Florida, with operations that included a water-powered sawmill, lumber mill, bucket and pail factory, and cotton textile mill.

The enslaved people who lived and worked at the historic Arcadia Mill was the topic of a talk this Tuesday; Feb. 24 at the Voices of Pensacola Multicultural Resource Center, downtown. The presentation is part of the University of West Florida’s Black History Month Lunch & Learn Lecture series.

Arcadia Mill was one of the first and largest water-powered industrial complexes in Northwest Florida. Located just west of Milton, it started in 1828 and operated until 1855.