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Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson currently serves as President of the Bagdad Village Preservation Association (BVPA), in addition to his other community activities. 

Johnson is a builder, realtor, and co-owner, with his wife Theresa Johnson, realtor broker, of Village Homes and Land, Inc. and Curtis Homes Co., Inc.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Building Construction from the University of Louisiana (1971), and is the founder and co-owner of Florida Foam Products, Inc. (1973).   

Michael was the 1995 winner of the Parade of Homes Outstanding Home Award from the Home Builders Association of West Florida.  He has constructed forty-five area custom homes, and is a major force in Bagdad restoration, with eight historic homes restored by his companies.

During tours, Johnson shares fascinating information about the Village of Bagdad and its historic significance as a mill town.  Each historic home in the Village holds a place in the  history  of  Bagdad  and  its development.

Preservation of these homes as well as artifacts, history, and heritage is the mission of the Bagdad Village Preservation Association. 

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 Bagdad Village

Preservation Association

Formerly New Providence Missionary Baptist Church, the Bagdad Village Museum is constructed of Heart Pine lumber hauled from the old Bay Point Mill.  It was built by newly freed slaves and free black men in 1874, and served as a school for black children in the early years.  The building is believed to be the oldest Black Church in existence in Santa Rosa County.  It was built during a very important era in the history of Black religion in Florida. This was a time when Black communities were just beginning to establish themselves and function independently.  After replacing their church in 1987 with a new building, the congregation of New Providence Missionary Baptist Church donated the original historic structure to the Bagdad Village Preservation Association.  The building was moved to Church Street and now serves as the Bagdad Village Museum.  The Bagdad Village Museum complex is located on Main St at the corner of Bushnell St in Bagdad, FL, Santa Rosa County.

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