Vernon Compton works for The Longleaf Alliance as a Project Director in their Milton office. The Longleaf Alliance was established in 1995 to promote retention, management, and restoration of longleaf pines throughout its historic range.
The Village of Bagdad for many years was home to a very large southern pine lumber mill at the confluence of Pond Creek and the Blackwater River. The mill site location is now Santa Rosa County's premier Bagdad Mill Site Park, featuring 120 longleaf pines planted under the direction of Mr. Compton.
Compton has worked with numerous organizations on behalf of the Bagdad Mill Site Park in the interest of preserving history. These organizations include the Santa Rosa Historical Society, Blackwater River Foundation, Bagdad Waterfronts Florida Partnership, Bagdad Village Preservation Association, and the Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Council. His interests extend into historic building preservation as well as the area's natural resources.
Mr. Compton has proved to be an invaluable asset to the Village of Bagdad as we forge along in history to preserve our assets for future generations.
(Above right) The Historic Bagdad Village Museum hosted Vernon Compton as a guest lecturer as he presented, "History of Longleaf Pine." The Bagdad Museum Lecture Series event takes place on the first Saturday of each month at 10am.