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Fort Walton Beach, FL

428 Mary Esther Cut Off NW Unit A,
Fort Walton Beach, FL
32548, United States
(850) 374-3769

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Arcadia Mill

Arcadia MillVisitors can explore the remains of 19th-century mill structures in the Archaeology & nature area. Interpretive trails abound here. The grounds also include a museum. Arcadia Mill offers a variety of activities for the whole family. It is located at 5709 Mill Pond Ln, Milton, FL 32583. Visitors can also learn about the history of the area, with interpretive displays and audio guides.

As the textile industry suffered from the Great Depression and the boll weevil, Arcadia Mills managed to stay afloat. Although many of its competitors closed shop, the company continued to produce cotton and linen. It even survived a strike by the United Textile Workers of America. In 1934, it was purchased by New York cotton businessman Joshua L. Baily, who would later sell it to the city. This article

The Arcadia Mill Archaeological Site was once a bustling industrial center. Flowing water powered the mill and its various facilities. There were also small factories and a busy village here. In the 1960s, the site was recognized for its historical significance. Today, it showcases the history of the region, including the Civil War and Native American conflicts. The site has well-marked trails and historical markers. Visitors are encouraged to book a guided tour to learn more about the region’s history. A great read

The Arcadia Mills were associated with the textile industry in Spartanburg County from 1922 to 1955. In addition, they were an impressive example of the engineering and design of cotton mills. Initially, the mills were built by Spartanburg pharmacist Dr. Henry Arthur Ligon, Sr. (1856-1925). Dr. Ligon built the first Arcadia Mill in 1902 and started construction on the second mill in 1922. It went into operation in 1923. However, during the Great Depression, Arcadia Mills suffered.