From Big House to Farm House: 100 Years at Arcadia Mill's Simpson Lot

Author(s): Adrianne B Sams

Year: 2015


The Simpson House at Arcadia Mill Archaeological Site in northwest Florida represents the high-status residence within a multi-ethnic antebellum community organized by hierarchy, race, and possibly gender. On a bluff overlooking the water-powered mill complex, the big house consisted of a three-story Louisiana-style mansion with a brick basement, veranda and main floor, and a second story. The Simpson House was constructed ca. 1835 and survived the Civil War including a short occupation by Confederate troops, but succumbed to a fire on 1 March, 1935. Recent archaeological excavations of the house coupled with a detailed oral history provide preliminary data regarding 19th-century architecture, material culture associated with a 100 year occupation, and the complementary nature of the documentary and archaeological records.

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From Big House to Farm House: 100 Years at Arcadia Mill's Simpson Lot. Adrianne B Sams. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 433966)


Temporal Keywords
19th Century

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 183