Joseph Forsyth

Through the story of Eliza, Arcadia explores black history

Through the story of Eliza, Arcadia explores black history

When Milton businessman Joseph Forsyth died in 1855, the dozens of slaves that called Arcadia Mill home faced an uncertain future. “There would have been a lot of uncertainty. They are not told about the ways of the world,” said Adriane Walker, Arcadia site manager. Read the full article in the Feb. 14 issue of […]

Mill fire still burning more than a century later

Mill fire still burning more than a century later

In the 1990s the University of West Florida unearthed structures dating back to the very beginning of North Santa Rosa County industry, the Arcadia Mill. Among these historic monuments of yesteryear, the archaeologist uncovered something strange. Left to rot by the residents of the area, the charred remains of the once massive textile mill, Arcadia […]

Take a walk through history at Bagdad Mill Site Park

Take a walk through history at Bagdad Mill Site Park

The Bagdad Mill Site Park, a grassy space on the bank of Blackwater River and Pond Creek, has been named a Florida Heritage Site, an honor awarded to only six locations in Santa Rosa County. A large, black plaque describing the birth of this lumber mill community and its significance during the Civil War stands […]