Additional exploration of Milton-Bagdad provided some gems of history including 100 year old structures and a 1870 hose reel cart used in town at the Forcade House. "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". Source: HMdb
What was most interesting was our walk on the Arcadia Boardwalk, learning the history of our first industrial complex Arcadia Mill. Nearby was the Arcadia Homestead highlighting life during the Depression.
"You really cannot separate these two towns. Milton is one of the oldest cities in the state, having been incorporated in 1844 before Florida became a state. Florida was still a territory and did not achieve statehood until the following year, 1845. Bagdad is a small historic town on the south edge of Milton that has also done a good job of preserving some of their old buildings". (Backroad Florida)
It is interesting to see some of the oldest towns in Florida and how the community recognized them as historical and continue to maintain and restore many building. Milton/Bagdad are almost inseparable. We couldn't recognize if we were in Milton or Bagdad (except for the Post Office). No matter what town you visit, it is always more to see and find when you pass through a second (or third time).We loved the church and met the Pastor who was kind enough to invite us in for 'photo peek'.
Photo Ops and interesting Sites:
- St Mary's Church
- Bagdad Post Office
- Milton Train Station
- Arcadia (Milton) - Florida's 1st Industrial Complex 1811-1865
- Arcadia Homestead - The restored Simpson House is a 1,430 sq. ft. historic house
Florida Backroads Travel - Milton