A major archaeological dig is underway this summer in Molino. UWF students have found evidence of a 1700’s mission and even a 6,000 year old artifact have been uncovered, according to NorthEscambia.com.
They have found the remains of Mission San Joseph De Escambe which was established upriver along the Escambia River. The Apalachee Indian settlement with about 75 residents is well documented. A Franciscan missionary was stationed in the 1740’s by the Spanish at the village along with 15 members of a Spanish cavalry unit until about 1757. It was destroyed by Creek Indian raid four years later.
Escambia County is named for the mission.