Bagdad Village Preservation Association (BVPA)

Bagdad Village Preservation Association (BVPA)

BVPA

Photos from Bagdad Village Preservation Association (BVPA)'s post 01/01/2024

Happy New Year’s Bagdad!

12/20/2023

Bagdad Methodist Church
Charcoal
15 x 15

Shared by the artist, Dave Persell

We discovered this picturesque quaint historical village shortly after we moved to the area. Everytime I drive through Bagdad, I slow down in front of this beautiful church to admire its architecture.

12/17/2023

Pensacola News Journal
Pensacola, Florida •
Thu, Dec 17, 1992
Page 47

12/14/2023

The location of the Audiss property was on the west side of Audiss Road south of Warren Road.

Photos from Bagdad Village Preservation Association (BVPA)'s post 12/13/2023
Photos from Bagdad Village Preservation Association (BVPA)'s post 12/12/2023

Tim and Jackie McCary served as Docent and Greeter, during the morning hours, at the Mellor, Sampley, Toifel, Bryant House.

12/10/2023

Still Looking for That Unique Gift for Someone Special?

We have restocked the Gift Shop at the Bagdad Museum and offer a variety of items for that someone special.

Although the museum is closed till after New Year's, BVPA board members are available to meet with you to choose that special Bagdad gift.

Support the Village of Bagdad, and the Bagdad Museum Complex by giving a gift from the gift shop this Christmas.

Bagdad T-Shirts
Bagdad Cups
Bagdad Hats
Bagdad Ornaments from the past
Jewelry, antique and modern
Bagdad Note Cards
Bagdad Christmas Cards
Bagdad Paintings and Line Drawings
Books by local authors on local history
Bagdad Keychains
Bagdad Bumper Stickers
Handmade Knitted Scarves
Bagdad Aprons

Contact a BVPA Board Member to purchase from the gift shop:
Elaine Cook Willis, President
Ken Ponsell, Vice President
Luci Bailly, Secretary
Sylvia Streeter, Treasurer
Eloise Grimes Ratliff, Publications
Lee Anne Wi******er, Board Member
David Bailly, Board Member
Randy Creel, Board Member
Barbara Scales, Board Member
Maureen Wingate, Board Member

Photos from Bagdad Village Preservation Association (BVPA)'s post 12/09/2023

The Lewis, McArthur, Jones, Coulombe House

This Greek Revival House is known through the years as the Rev. James N. Lewis family and then as the Duncan J. McArthur family house. Later, others living in the house were the Jones family and the Locke family. Current owners are Ross and Jean Coulombe.

The house has a Georgian plan with the same style front door as the Thompson house (next door). This house was most likely built during the same period between 1847 and 1860. Its tall ceilings and three dormers, indicate a finished half story. This house was built for management personnel. It is located at the southeast corner of Forsyth and Thompson streets – Thompson street led to the entrance of the lumber mill in the those early days.

Photos from Bagdad Village Preservation Association (BVPA)'s post 12/08/2023

Mellor, Sampley, Toifel, Bryant House

Built during the Stearns and Culver ownership of the Bagdad Lumber Mill this charming house was constructed of heart pine in the vernacular design – upright and straight. The house features a diamond-shaped window on the south side which now frames a stained glass design. Miss Bennie Sampley, daughter of one of the early owners, was a favorite school teacher at Bagdad Grammar School from 1929-1941. In 1993, the house was sold to Ron and Peggy Toifel, who carefully restored the house. Current owners are Christopher and Dorothy Bryant.

Photos from Bagdad Village Preservation Association (BVPA)'s post 12/06/2023

The Bagdad Methodist Church

The Bagdad Methodist congregation was established in 1830 under a moss covered brush arbor. In 1837, a small wooden building was erected near the first site and served as a house of worship until its destruction by fire in the early 1880s.

The present sanctuary was begun in 1885 and the first worship service was held in the unfinished building that same year. The architectural design for the new church was unique and drawn by Charles H. Overman, a Bagdad resident. The structure used choice lumber from the mill to create the ship-lap pattern of the outside boards and being held in place by square cut nails. The delicate, lacy woodwork around the porch and eaves was cut by hand. Oil lamps gave light for evening services, and a wood-coal heater provided warmth.

The Bagdad Methodist Church was beautifully decorated for Christmas, and Church historian, Cass Coffman, shared the history of the church in great detail. Many people took their turn ringing the church bell throughout the day.

Photos from Bagdad Village Preservation Association (BVPA)'s post 12/06/2023

The Rich - McLean - Whitson House

Built between 1903 and 1912 by the Stearns & Culver Lumber Company, of Chicago, this style of a symmetrical double house was deemed by Bagdad residents as a “Yankee House,” because of its lack of porches – something seen as “down-right impractical” in the Deep South. The house was to accommodate two families with separate double entrances, as well as interior staircases. There were four houses of this style built in Bagdad.

Today, two of the four houses have been altered by adding front porches. All four houses became single family homes by changing the inside living space.

In 1944, the Bagdad Corporation deeded the house to Oscar and Alice Rich and in 1976 the house was deeded to Ray and Lois McLean. The current owner is Carl and Julia Whitson.

Yvette Lattimore and Ken Posnell sharing the rich history of the Whitson house during the 2023 Bagdad Christmas Tour of Homes.

Photos from Bagdad Village Preservation Association (BVPA)'s post 12/05/2023

Bagdad Village Museum Complex - Historical Bagdad Museum

The museum is a one-room church and school building built just after the Civil War, sometime around 1874. For more than 100 years, the church was located in the Woodville community and once served as a school for the black students.

Once the social hub of Bagdad’s black community, the New Missionary Providence Church was donated to BVPA in 1989, and moved about two miles from its former location. In years following, it was restored to serve as a museum, preserving Bagdad’s history through photographs and artifacts that span nearly 200 years

Photos from Bagdad Village Preservation Association (BVPA)'s post 12/04/2023

A Bagdad Mill worker and his lovely wife, at home, in the Milligan House.

Photos from Bagdad Village Preservation Association (BVPA)'s post 12/04/2023

Everyone loved the homemade cookies and hot Coco that was served at the Bagdad museum Saturday!

Photos from Bagdad Village Preservation Association (BVPA)'s post 12/02/2023

We are having such a fun time hosting the Bagdad Tour. Come on out and meet us, there are a lot of times when the rain has completely stopped or barely a drizzle.

12/01/2023

Weather Update:

The Tour of Homes is still on for Saturday, December 2, 2023.

The Tour of Homes was designed as a walking tour. However there is parking all along the route, so you can drive. Of course, we will be going in the homes, also.

You will have a map, with the venues and parking areas, in the event program that you will receive at the start of the tour. The tour begins and ends at the Bagdad Museum.

Be sure to bring your umbrella, raincoat, etc. You know what they say about the weather in Northwest Florida, “just hang out a while and it will probably change!”

The WEAR TV3 reporters thinks the rain will be moved out of the area about noon on Saturday. I am praying that it will.

12/01/2023

There are people out there wondering if we will still hold this event if it rains/ storms.

The answer is YES, the BVPA Board and volunteers, all plan to be there to host/hostess you on December 2nd, 10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

We are so very glad that you will be spending part of your Saturday with us! ❤️

11/30/2023
Photos from Bagdad Village Preservation Association (BVPA)'s post 11/29/2023

Time is drawing near, my friend, and the Bagdad Village Storytellers, Historians, Greeters, Docents, Board Members, and Volunteers are so excited to share with you, as our guests, that we can hardly sleep at night!

This is a one-day ONLY event. If you miss it, you’ll have to wait for next year to participate.

Of course, the BVPA is always looking for volunteers, storytellers and reinactors. Although COVID knocked us to the curb for a few years, we are coming back, stronger and more knowledgeable than ever.

The BVPA Board tries to hold a few historical events during the calendar year. If we knew we had more volunteers, reinactors, etc., we could plan for more historical events/reinactments throughout the year.

Our desire, at this point is that you will come to the ‘Tour of Historical Homes’, on December 2nd, and that you will be so caught up in the wave and recollection of the rich history of the Bagdad Village that you will want to ‘jump in with both feet’ and participate in upcoming re-enactments.

Don’t worry, we know the history, we will fully equip you with dialogue, stories and facts. We even have a closet of costumes to enable you to play your part.

Please come and support the 2023 Bagdad Village Tour of Homes on December 2nd. And, before the end of the day, give your name and number to someone, and tell them you are interested in being involved in Bagdad reinactments and historical events.

The Bagdad Village Preservation Association, “BVPA” holds our monthly Board meeting on the first Wednesday of the month, at 9:30 a.m., in the Bagdad Historical Museum, on Church Street, in Bagdad.

The best thing about that is “YOU are invited” to join us. Yes, that’s right, you can attend the monthly BVPA meetings. Come and listen to the exciting events we plan and help us to find resources to strengthn and repair existing structures in the village. We look forward to meeting with you.

11/25/2023

Please shop local today - Small Business Saturday, November 25th!

SUPPORT THE BAGDAD MUSEUM.

Bagdad Village 2023 Christmas Tour of Homes.
December 2, 2023, 10am - 4pm.

TICKETS are available on Nov. 25 and Dec. 2 at the
Bagdad Museum, 4512 Church Street, Milton, FL 32583
or from these local businesses
during their operating hours:
Blackwater Bistro, 5147 Elmira Street, Milton, FL 32570
Culpepper Printing, 5180 Stewart Street, Milton, FL 32570
The Hair Society Salon, 4600 Church Street, Bagdad, FL 32583
Tops Appliance, 6712 Caroline Street, Milton, FL 32570

A limited number of tickets will be sold. One day event.

Tickets may also be purchased from BVPA Board Members: Elaine Willis, Eloise Ratliff, Luci Bailly and David Bailly.

CREDIT CARD PURCHASES:

You can buy your ticket(s) by card, and they’ll be set aside and waiting for you, at the museum, the day of the tour.

Please Call David Bailly at 850-982-1804 for ticket charges by credit card. He serves on our Bagdad Village Preservation Association board.

Thank you in advance for your support of this Bagdad Fundraiser.

11/21/2023

Don’t let a traffic jam hold you up on your way to the “2023 Bagdad Christmas Tour of Homes” on December 2nd!

11/18/2023

Bagdad Village 2023 Christmas Tour of Homes.
December 2, 2023, 10am - 4pm.

TICKETS are available on Nov. 18 and Dec. 2 at the
Bagdad Museum, 4512 Church Street, Milton, FL 32583

or from these local businesses
during their operating hours:

Blackwater Bistro, 5147 Elmira Street, Milton, FL 32570

Culpepper Printing, 5180 Stewart Street, Milton, FL 32570

The Hair Society Salon, 4600 Church Street, Bagdad, FL 32583

Tops Appliance, 6712 Caroline Street, Milton, FL 32570

A limited number of tickets will be sold. One day event.

Tickets may also be purchased from BVPA Board Members: Elaine Willis, Eloise Ratliff, Luci Bailly and David Bailly.

CREDIT CARD PURCHASES:

As of Thursday, November 16th, arrangements have been secured and we can now take credit cards for ticket purchases. You can buy your ticket(s) by card, and they’ll be set aside and waiting for you, at the museum, the day of the tour.

Please Call David Bailly at 850-982-1804 for ticket charges by credit card. He serves on our Bagdad Village Preservation Association board.

Thank you in advance for your support of this Bagdad Fundraiser.

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4512 Church Street
Bagdad, FL
32583

Opening Hours

9am - 11am