Bagdad in Santa Rosa County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Thompson House / Skirmish on the Blackwater
This antebellum home, constructed ca. 1847 by Benjamin Woodson Thompson (1809 - 1876), partner in the Forsyth and Simpson sawmill enterprise in Bagdad, is the best remaining Florida Panhandle example of a symmetrical Greek Revival structure having a double verandah with balustrade and cantilevered gable roof. The house was built of local heart pine lumber with the structure of columns, windows and doors reflecting the Doric order. Interior walls are plaster reinforced with animal hair. Widow sashes with rolled glass are flanked by operable shutters. During the Civil War, Union troops from the 2nd Maine Cavalry, 1st Florida Cavalry, 19th Iowa Infantry and United States Colored Troops of the 25th, 82nd and 86th regiments raided Bagdad and Milton and camped in and around the house, leaving graffiti including drawings and signatures on the plaster walls. In 1913 the house, which originally faced the Blackwater River, was moved directly back to its present location when the Mill complex expanded.
Confederates, evacuating Pensacola in the spring of 1862, burned the lumber mills of Bagdad. During the remainder of the war, both sides maintained a presence in Santa Rosa County. Union forces periodically conducted reconnaissance raids and captured building materials for use at the Pensacola Navy Yard.
Erected 2009 by the Bagdad Village Preservation Association and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-671.)
Location. 30° 36.15′ N, 87° 2.001′ W. Marker is in Bagdad, Florida, in Santa Rosa County. Marker is at the intersection of Forsyth Street and Thompson Street, on the right when traveling north on Forsyth Street. Touch for map
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A New Century (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Longleaf Pine (about 700 feet away); Native Trees (about 700 feet away); The Early History of Bagdad (about 700 feet away); The Architecture of Bagdad (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bagdad Mill Site Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Bagdad Mill Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); Shipbuilding in Bagdad (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bagdad.
Additional keywords. Pensacola
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil •
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