Milton Florida History and Facts (First in Series)
Milton was founded on Blackwater River in 1825 as a trading post. In the early years could only be reached by boat, horseback or stagecoach. Primary travel route was the Geneva-Pensacola road. Milton was a vibrant lumber town hence it's name Mill Town.
In 1851 according to a news report Milton Florida had three saw mills running up to 99 saws. One quote about the area was "Our ladies are the beautiful and our wives lovely" and that "We have a moral society which bids a hearty welcome to the good and virtuous among us but woe to evildoers"
The slave trade was alive and well in Milton Fl. On the the Blackwater river there was a large brick kiln founded by pioneer John Hunt of nearby Bagdad, where negros were put to work making bricks. There was also a robust cotton industry and much cotton produced on the area plantations was ginned here. Milton is among the oldest cities in Florida Established in 1844 but it's traceable roots begin around 1800
In earlier days Milton was sometimes referred to as “Scratch Ankle”. Now honored buy it’s own “Scratch Ankle Day” deriving the name from briars and bramble that grew in the area.
In the 1880’s the railroad came to the area and it prospered as a mill and provided wood products. Milton has been devastated by three major fires, The worst in 1909.
Milton is home to some famous sports figures. Gregory Allen FSU running back, Cortland Finnegan cornerback for the Tennessee Titans , Jim Jack Monster Jam monster driver, Heath Slocum pro golfer , Lawrence Tynes place kicker NYG, Bubba Watson pro golfer, Boo Weekley pro golfer, Elijah Williams corner back for the Atlanta.
• The local newspaper is Santa Rosa Press Gazette.
• Milton, sometimes called the Canoe Capital of Florida
• WECM WEBY are the Local Radio Stations
The Civil War had a catastrophic effect on progress on Milton Florida, being most commercial facilities were destroyed early in the war to prevent their use by Federal troops. Most land owners left for Alabama during the war and many lost their property as a result.