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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Santa Rosa County, Florida

 
Clickable Map of Santa Rosa County, Florida and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Santa Rosa County, FL (67) Escambia County, FL (172) Okaloosa County, FL (133) Escambia County, AL (31)  SantaRosaCounty(67) Santa Rosa County (67)  EscambiaCounty(172) Escambia County (172)  OkaloosaCounty(133) Okaloosa County (133)  EscambiaCountyAlabama(31) Escambia County (31)
Milton is the county seat for Santa Rosa County
Adjacent to Santa Rosa County, Florida
      Escambia County (172)  
      Okaloosa County (133)  
      Escambia County, Alabama (31)  
 
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1Florida, Santa Rosa County, Bagdad — A New Century
By the turn of the twentieth century, Simpson and Company was shipping lumber as far away as Scandinavia. Following the deaths of the partners in the Simpson Company the lumber mill was sold in 1903 to Thomas R. Lyon of Chicago, who renamed it . . . Map (db m100331) HM
2Florida, Santa Rosa County, Bagdad — Animals Along the Blackwater River
When William Bartram rode on horseback through the upper Florida peninsula in 1744, much of his journey was through longleaf pine forests. The landscape of the peninsula has changed since this exploratory journey, and many animal species native to . . . Map (db m100321) HM
3Florida, Santa Rosa County, Bagdad — Bagdad After the Mill
The closing of the Bagdad Land & Lumber Company in 1939 brought the end of an era. The industry that had created the community was gone, and the residents of the village had to find ways to survive. There were other mills, plants, and businesses in . . . Map (db m100311) HM
4Florida, Santa Rosa County, Bagdad — F-882 — Bagdad Lumber Mill / Shipbuilding at Bagdad
Bagdad Lumber Mill In 1829, Joseph Forsyth saw economic potential in the vast pine forest of North Florida. Old growth yellow pine was one of the world's most prized building materials and the deepwater juncture of Pond Creek . . . Map (db m99709) HM
5Florida, Santa Rosa County, Bagdad — Bagdad Mill Site Park
The mill site's natural characteristics were changed in the twentieth century when it was used as a prestress concrete plant (1977-1992) and an asphalt plant (1995-1999). When the asphalt company was unable to continue their operations, the land . . . Map (db m100319) HM
6Florida, Santa Rosa County, Bagdad — F-1034 — Bagdad United Methodist Church
The First United Methodist Church of Bagdad traces its roots to a brush arbor in 1830. Dr. John Wesley Talley, a former missionary to the Choctaws, delivered the first sermons beside the Blackwater River and earned a $13 salary that first year. In . . . Map (db m146517) HM
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7Florida, Santa Rosa County, Bagdad — Civil War and Reconstruction in Northwest Florida
The first years of the Civil War brought prosperity to Bagdad, but a blockade of Pensacola Bay deprived the mill access to former markets. On March 11, 1862, Confederates, burned Bagdad’s industries, shops, and the major buildings in the Pensacola . . . Map (db m99851) HM
8Florida, Santa Rosa County, Bagdad — F-1006 — Forcade House
Side 1 The property for the Forcade House was purchased in 1918 for $85 from the Oakland Lodge No. 18 of Bagdad. Completed in 1919, it is an outstanding example of Shingle style architecture, rarely seen in the South. Elzear “Exie” . . . Map (db m146485) HM
9Florida, Santa Rosa County, Bagdad — Hand-Drawn Fire Hose Cart
Circa 1870 hose reel cart, manufactured by the Wirt and Knox Company of Philadelphia, PA. This firefighting equipment dates back to the lumber mills of Simpson and Company, followed by the Stearns and Culver Company and later used by the Bagdad Land . . . Map (db m146484) HM
10Florida, Santa Rosa County, Bagdad — Native Trees
Native trees play an important role in the Northwest Florida ecosystem, and they have become even more important in recent years with the loss of natural habitats because of development and coastal deterioration. Many native trees are . . . Map (db m100306) HM
11Florida, Santa Rosa County, Bagdad — Shipbuilding in Bagdad
Although evidence exists as early as 1763 of the Jones Brothers' yard careening and repairing British men-of-war, Bagdad’s first major shipyard was built in 1833 by Captain John Gardner and changed ownership several times. In 1853, the shipyard was . . . Map (db m99835) HM
12Florida, Santa Rosa County, Bagdad — Submerged Aquatic Vegetation
Submerged aquatic vegetation is an important part of the Northwest Florida ecosystem. It is defined as any combination of seagrasses and algae that covers 10 to 100 percent of the riverbottom. Many of these plant species grow in underwater . . . Map (db m100329) HM
13Florida, Santa Rosa County, Bagdad — The Architecture of Bagdad
The historic buildings in Bagdad embody the village's history and cultural heritage, reflecting various periods of growth, and telling an important story about how the town was developed. The village boasts a wide variety of architectural styles . . . Map (db m100315) HM
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14Florida, Santa Rosa County, Bagdad — The Bagdad Mill Site
The Bagdad Mill Site has been home to a number of different companies that helped shape Northwest Florida. Juan de la Rua cleared land to create a dam and possibly a saw mill at Arcadia on Pond Creek in 1817, but was plagued by labor shortages. In . . . Map (db m99852) HM
15Florida, Santa Rosa County, Bagdad — The Early History of Bagdad
The village of Bagdad developed as a lumber mill community in the early nineteenth century, and lumber remained the principal industry of the village until 1939. Strategically placed at the confluence of Pond Creek and the Blackwater River, the . . . Map (db m100301) HM
16Florida, Santa Rosa County, Bagdad — The Ecology of the Blackwater River
The Blackwater River begins in Bradley, Alabama, and winds approximately 60 miles before reaching Blackwater Bay. Three major tributaries—Big Juniper Creek, Big Coldwater Creek, and Pond Creek—feed the river. The Florida Legislature . . . Map (db m100309) HM
17Florida, Santa Rosa County, Bagdad — The Longleaf Pine
Longleaf or yellow pine forests once dominated the South and spread 90 million acres from the Atlantic Coastal Plain of southeastern Virginia to the West Gulf Coastal Plain of Texas. Longleaf pine developed in close association with periodic . . . Map (db m100332) HM
18Florida, Santa Rosa County, Bagdad — The Skirmish on the Blackwater
During the Civil War, Bagdad was a frequent target of Union raids from Pensacola because the Union needed building supplies for the navy yard. One such raid took place from October 25-28, 1864, and is recounted in the dispatches of Brigadier . . . Map (db m99854) HM
19Florida, Santa Rosa County, Bagdad — F-671 — The 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 . . . Map (db m63182) HM
20Florida, Santa Rosa County, Bagdad — Working for the Company
Bagdad was a thriving town. At its height, the mill employed about 1,200 mill workers and more than 60 businesses, churches, and schools operated in the village. A November 7, 1885, article in The Pensacola Commercial reported, "Bagdad has . . . Map (db m100325) HM
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21Florida, Santa Rosa County, Gulf Breeze — First Federal Tree FarmGulf Islands National Seashore — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
From small acorns come massive live oak trees-and mighty ships. The live oak's dense, rot-resistant wood and large arching branches were ideal for building ships in the 1700s and 1800s. Over 2,000 live oaks might be used to build one hull. To . . . Map (db m120482) HM
22Florida, Santa Rosa County, Gulf Breeze — F-642 — Live Oaks and Naval Ship Timbers
This is the site of the first federal tree farm in the United States. Live oaks were once valued for their superior shipbuilding qualities. The U.S.S. Constellation and U.S.S. Constitution ("Old Ironsides), both launched in 1797, were built of live . . . Map (db m120490) HM
23Florida, Santa Rosa County, Gulf Breeze — F-96 — Site of Pensacola - St. Augustine Road
Begun by a military detachment from Pensacola in 1824, the first federal highway in Florida was designed to connect the two principal cities of the new territory. Construction was later contracted to John Bellamy, wealthy Jefferson County planter, . . . Map (db m120487) HM
24Florida, Santa Rosa County, Milton — “Gone But Not Forgotten”Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Plaza
In Honor Of Those Who Gave The Ultimate Sacrifice On March 10, 2015. Navarre, FL Marine Corps Capt. Stanford Henry Shaw III MSGT. Thomas Saunders SSGT. Liam Flynn SSGT. Trevor Blaycock SSGT. Marcus Bawol SSGT. Kerry . . . Map (db m152589) WM
25Florida, Santa Rosa County, Milton — A-4 Skyhawk
The A-4 Skyhawk series was the backbone of Navy and Marine Corps light jet attack forces from the late 1950s into the 1980s. Development of the Skyhawk series continued during these years and included many improvements, updates and . . . Map (db m151713) HM
26Florida, Santa Rosa County, Milton — A-4C Skyhawk
Specifications/Performance Wingspan ……………… 27 ft. 6 ins Length …………………… 40 ft. 3 ¾ ins. Height …………………… 15 ft. Maximum Speed …… 670 mph Range …………………… 2,000 miles Gross Weight ………… 24,500 lbs. Known as . . . Map (db m151717) WM
27Florida, Santa Rosa County, Milton — America – A Defender Of LibertySanta Rosa Veterans Memorial Plaza
1948 - 1991 The Cold War April, 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion October 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis November 20, 1970 Son Tay Raid 1979 - 1981 Iranian Hostage Crisis . . . Map (db m152684) WM
28Florida, Santa Rosa County, Milton — Arcadia CommunityArcadia Mill Archaeological Site
Arcadia Mill industrial complex included a multi-ethnic village located in the uplands and industrial facilities situated in the lowlands. This ethnically diverse industrial community included an enslaved African-American labor force, . . . Map (db m152729) HM
29Florida, Santa Rosa County, Milton — Arcadia DamArcadia Mill Archaeological Site
To ensure a constant source of water power and an area to store lumber awaiting processing, the firm of Forsyth and Simpson constructed a 1,200 ft. long earth and ironstone dam. Today four segments of the dam remain, one segment lies south of . . . Map (db m152734) HM
30Florida, Santa Rosa County, Milton — Arcadia Dam and Water WorksArcadia Mill Archaeological Site
Flumes (ditches) and dams were constructed to divert and form holding ponds for raw materials like logs. Arcadia’s earth and stone dam was approximately 15 foot high, between 30 and 120 feet wide and about 1200 feet long. Able to withstand . . . Map (db m152768) HM
31Florida, Santa Rosa County, Milton — F-761 — Arcadia Mill
The Arcadia Mill site was the first and largest water-powered industrial complex in antebellum Florida. Arcadia Mill originated in 1817 as part of a Spanish land grant of approximately 680 acres. The site’s ironstone outcropping, a desirable mill . . . Map (db m152411) HM
32Florida, Santa Rosa County, Milton — Arcadia Railroad & Twitchell SawmillArcadia Mill Archaeological Site
The Arcadia Railroad The three-mile Arcadia Railroad, one of the oldest in territorial Florida, was completed in 1840. Built in just five months, it connected Arcadia with the mouth of Pond Creek at the Blackwater River. Mules pulled cars . . . Map (db m152920) HM
33Florida, Santa Rosa County, Milton — Arcadia’s Cotton Textile MillArcadia Mill Archaeological Site
“…the first and largest cotton factory in antebellum northwest Florida.” The Arcadia Manufacturing Company The Arcadia textile mill was the first and largest cotton factory in antebellum northwest Florida. In 1845, a . . . Map (db m152911) HM
34Florida, Santa Rosa County, Milton — Blackwater Heritage Trail History
The trail follows the path of the former Florida and Alabama Railroad. Built in the early 1900’s, it extended from the lumber mill in Bagdad to Whitley, Alabama. The F&ARR supported the timber and lumber business in Bagdad from 1930 to 1939, when . . . Map (db m123607) HM
35Florida, Santa Rosa County, Milton — F-755 — Blackwater Landing / Blackwater River Shipwrecks
Blackwater Landing Blackwater River was first named Rio Del Almirante by Spanish explorers in the late 17th century. During Pensacola’s British Period (1763-1781) it was called Middle River because of its location between the . . . Map (db m99703) HM
36Florida, Santa Rosa County, Milton — Combat Wounded VeteransSanta Rosa County
Dedicated To All The Men And Women Who Are Recipients Of The Nation's Oldest Military Decoration "The Purple Heart" Combat Wounded Veterans Military Order of the Purple Heart 1782 - 1932 . . . Map (db m99910) WM
37Florida, Santa Rosa County, Milton — Desert Storm/Enduring Freedom/Iraqi FreedomSanta Rosa Veterans Memorial Plaza
Desert Storm 1991 January 16, 1991 U.S. Attacks Iraqi Forces January 29, 1991 Iraq Attacks Saudi Arabia February 26, 1991 Allied Troops Liberate Kuwait City February 28, 1991 Allied . . . Map (db m152907) WM
38Florida, Santa Rosa County, Milton — Elliott’s FlumeArcadia Mill Archaeological Site
During the 1880’s, Charles Elliott was contracted to repair and extend an existing log flume that passed through Arcadia. Subsequently, Elliot’s flume connected the pine forest of northern Santa Rosa County to the steam powered mill complex along . . . Map (db m152787) HM
39Florida, Santa Rosa County, Milton — Existing Foundations: Sawmill and Textile MillArcadia Mill Archaeological Site
No Historic maps, drawings, blueprints or photographs are known to exist that would provide clues about Arcadia’s site layout or methods of operation. Archaeological excavations have exposed structural remains that provided key information used . . . Map (db m153281) HM
40Florida, Santa Rosa County, Milton — Fallen, Not ForgottenSanta Rosa Veterans Memorial Plaza
Dedicated To Those Who Have Served And Are Now Serving Our Country With Honor City of Milton Map (db m152568) WM
41Florida, Santa Rosa County, Milton — Florida Honors and Remembers our POW’s and MIA’s
The light of freedom still burns brightly in our world today because of the service and sacrifice of America’s men and women in uniform. Our Nation’s servicemen and women have fought the forces of tyranny and won victories for liberty, human . . . Map (db m151706) WM
42Florida, Santa Rosa County, Milton — Florida Honors and Remembers our POW’s and MIA’s
The light of freedom still burns brightly in our world today because of the service and sacrifice of America’s men and women in uniform. Our Nation’s servicemen and women have fought the forces of tyranny and won victories for liberty, human . . . Map (db m151709) WM
43Florida, Santa Rosa County, Milton — Freedom Of The PressSanta Rosa Veterans Memorial Plaza
. . . Map (db m152573) WM
44Florida, Santa Rosa County, Milton — F-1131 — Historic Mt. Pilgrim African Baptist Church
The original members of Mt. Pilgrim African Baptist Church came from Milton's First Baptist Church. Established in 1845, First Baptist's membership was comprised of 83 whites and 33 blacks by 1849. Some of the black congregants were likely enslaved . . . Map (db m198311) HM
45Florida, Santa Rosa County, Milton — Korea1950 - 1953 — Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Plaza —
July 10, 1950 Battle of Chochiwon July 19, 1950 Battle of Taejon August 4, 1950 Battle of the Pussan Perimeter September 16, 1950 The Pohang Breakout November 27, 1950 . . . Map (db m153182) WM
46Florida, Santa Rosa County, Milton — F-782 — Marquis Bayou Bridge
The Marquis Bayou Bridge, named for George Marquis, the owner of a local saw mill that operated in the mid-1800s, opened in 1937. A Santa Rosa County delegation that included future Florida Governor Millard Caldwell helped to make the bridge a . . . Map (db m98374) HM
47Florida, Santa Rosa County, Milton — Merchant MarineSanta Rosa Veterans Memorial Plaza
In Honor Of The Merchant Marines Of World War II Sam’s Club Map (db m152569) WM
48Florida, Santa Rosa County, Milton — Mexican - American War1846 - 1848 — Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Plazza —
May 8, 1846 Battle of Palo Alto August 22, 1846 Battle of New Mexico February 22, 1847 Battle of Buena Vista March 9, 1847 Battle of Vera Cruz April 18, 1847 Battle . . . Map (db m152436) WM
49Florida, Santa Rosa County, Milton — Milton Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to those who lost their lives in the service of their countryMap (db m151840) WM
50Florida, Santa Rosa County, Milton — National Guard Of The United StatesSanta Rosa Veterans Memorial Plaza
War of Independence War of 1812 Mexican – American War Civil War Spanish – American War Mexican Border Campaign World War I World War II Korea Vietnam Desert Storm Iraqi Freedom “National . . . Map (db m152593) WM
51Florida, Santa Rosa County, Milton — Plunge PoolArcadia Mill Archaeological Site
The plunge pool was adjacent to the second sawmill and textile mill. Constructed of massive ironstone blocks, the plunge pool was designed to protect the mills from flood and erosion. After power the wheel, the water was collected in the plunge . . . Map (db m152827) HM
52Florida, Santa Rosa County, Milton — Santa Rosa County Veterans Memorial Plaza
This memorial is dedicated to the veterans of the United States of America – America’s heroes of centuries past and freedom’s defenders of days to come. History will long remember the sacrifices of America’s heroic veterans, and . . . Map (db m152423) WM
53Florida, Santa Rosa County, Milton — St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
Has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m151866) HM
54Florida, Santa Rosa County, Milton — St. Mary’s Rectory
Has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m151867) HM
55Florida, Santa Rosa County, Milton — The Civil War1861 -1865 — Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Plaza —
April 12, 1865 Fort Sumter Attacked July 21, 1861 1st Battle Of Bull Run April 6, 1862 Battle Of Shiloh August 29, 1862 2nd Battle Of Bull Run September 17, 1862 . . . Map (db m152441) WM
56Florida, Santa Rosa County, Milton — The Liberty TreeSanta Rosa Veterans Memorial Plaza
In Colonial times patriots often gathered by designated trees to sow the seeds of revolution and freedom. Such trees came to symbolize American liberty. On February 22, 2019 this tree was dedicated as a living tribute to our founding fathers . . . Map (db m152572) WM
57Florida, Santa Rosa County, Milton — The MillraceArcadia Mill Archaeological Site
An extensive millrace provided power by transporting water from Pond Creek to the mill complex. The millrace channeled water from the Arcadia mill pond to the water wheel at the second sawmill and textile mill. The water then turned the wheel, . . . Map (db m152824) HM
58Florida, Santa Rosa County, Milton — The Spanish – American War1898 — Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Plaza —
February 15, 1898 Sinking Of The USS Maine April 19, 1898 U.S. Adopts Joint Resolution For War April 25, 1898 U.S. Declares War On Spain May 1, 1898 Battle Of Manila Bay . . . Map (db m152467) WM
59Florida, Santa Rosa County, Milton — The War Of 18121812 - 1815 — Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Plazza —
June 12, 1812 America Declares War April 27, 1813 York Captured August 30, 1813 Creeks Attack Fort Mims September 10, 1813 Battle Of Lake Erie October 5, 1813 . . . Map (db m152435) WM
60Florida, Santa Rosa County, Milton — The War of Independence1773 - 1783 — Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Plazza —
April 18, 1775 Paul Revere’s Ride April 19, 1775 Battle of Lexington & Concord May 11, 1775 Fort Ticonderoga June 17, 1775 Battle of Bunker Hill November 28, 1775 . . . Map (db m152433) WM
61Florida, Santa Rosa County, Milton — U.S.S. Kenneth Whiting AV-14, Ship’s Bell
Ship's Bell Of USS Kenneth Whiting (AV-14) Presented To Santa Rosa County By The U.S. Naval Auxiliary Air Station Whiting Field 21 October 1961 Map (db m151841) WM
62Florida, Santa Rosa County, Milton — Unknown SoldierSanta Rosa Veterans Memorial Plaza
In Honored Glory Of a Soldier Known But to God. Map (db m152425) WM
63Florida, Santa Rosa County, Milton — Veterans Memorial
Honoring Those Who Serve Past - Present - FutureMap (db m191421) WM
64Florida, Santa Rosa County, Milton — Wall of TearsSanta Rosa Veterans Memorial Plaza
Wall of Tears Tears of a Grateful Nation For Those Who Gave All Map (db m152432) WM
65Florida, Santa Rosa County, Milton — World War I1914 - 1918 — Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Plaza —
August 1, 1914 Germany Declares War On Russia & France August 4, 1914 Wilson Declares U.S. Neutrality May 7, 1915 Germans Sink Lusitania January 31, 1917 Germany Resumes Submarine . . . Map (db m152468) WM
66Florida, Santa Rosa County, Milton — World War II1939 - 1945 — Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Plaza —
December 7, 1941 Japan Attacks Pearl Harbor December 11, 1941 Italy & Germany Declare War On U.S. April 10, 1942 Bataan Death March August 7, 1942 U.S. Troops Land On Guadalcanal . . . Map (db m152490) WM
67Florida, Santa Rosa County, Navarre — In Memory of UH-60M Crew "Mojo 69"10 March 2015
CW4 G. Wayne Griffin, Jr. [SP] CW4 G. David Strother [PI] SSG Lance Bergeron [SI] SSG Thomas C. Florich III [CE] USMC 2D MSOB PAX: SGT Marcus Bawol SGT Trevor P. Blaylock SSGT Liam Flynn SGT Kerry M. Kemp MSGT Thomas . . . Map (db m99711) HM
 
 
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Feb. 7, 2023