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UWF Historic Trust

The University of West Florida Historic Trust is a non-profit direct support organization (DSO) of the University of West Florida. Previously known as West Florida Historic Preservation, Inc., the Trust manages 30 properties, spanning from historic downtown Pensacola to Milton, FL.

Historic Pensacola Campus

The Key to Our Past

The University of West Florida Historic Trust is dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting, and sharing the history of Northwest Florida.

The mission of UWF Historic Trust is to function as a public and educational institution for the enrichment and benefit of the community. We are a multifunctional organization, operating an archive, research, preservation, and museum facility. The preservation and exhibition of West Florida material culture is central to our operation. Our mission is completed by the successful presentation of our collections and resources through an accurate historical and humanistic context within our exhibits, house museums, and programming.

Historic Pensacola consists of thirty properties in the Pensacola National Register Historic District. Twelve of these properties are interpreted facilities that are open to the public such as Historic Pensacola Village, the Pensacola Children's Museum, the Pensacola Museum of Art, the Pensacola Museum of History, and the Voices of Pensacola Multicultural Center. Arcadia Mill Archaeological Site in Milton, FL represents the largest 19th-century water-powered industrial complex in northwest Florida. This site was the location of a multi-faceted operation that included a water-powered sawmill, a lumber mill with planning and lathing machines, gristmill, bucket and pail factory, shingle mill, cotton textile mill, and even an experimental silk cultivation operation. The Arcadia Mill complex also included many other structures and industries, which all came together to produce Florida’s largest antebellum industrial complex.

As a direct support organization of the University of West Florida,  the UWF Historic Trust employs students as Visitor Experience Associates as well as Living History/Tour Guides providing students and visitors lifelong memorable experiences. If you are a student interested in working with Historic Pensacola please email our Visitor Experience Manager at to learn more about our available opportunities. 

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