In Your Own Backyard: Arcadia Mill Archaeological Site
The Arcadia Mill Archaeological Site showcases the first and largest Early American water-powered industrial complex in Florida. Located on a hilly tract of woods and streams in historic Santa Rosa County, it was abandoned in the 1850s and rediscovered more than a century later. Excavated and preserved for the education and enjoyment of future generations, it features a museum/visitor's center, replicas of such mill equipment as a water-wheel, sash saw and a mule-drawn railroad car, a boardwalk, nature trail and the archaeological traces of several of the industries located at the Arcadia site, which included a lumber mill, gristmill, bucket and pail factory, a water-powered sawmill, shingle mill, cotton textile mill, and even an experimental silk cultivation operation. The program is hosted by Sherri Hemminghaus Weeks.
Episode #: 104