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colonial writer
colonial writer with laptop

The Milford Historic community

This site celebrates Milford History while attempting to stay relevant to 2018. You are reading this on the internet from a device that has an indirect historic tie to Milford. Not too long ago news would have been printed in the newspaper, in an earlier era it would have been spread by someone riding on horseback from town to town or by the Town Cryer on the central town green. Milford has a beautiful green surrounded by historic landmarks.

We respect history by recognizing there are anough true stories that there is no need to resort to fabrications, embelishments or fanciful tales. Starting with the facts, facinating details are revealed to tell the story, not the other way around of starting with a story and relaying tidbits that sound good but don't accurately portray past events.

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laced pants
We found joy in discovering for ourselves several of the stories presented here that weren't well-known even within Milford's greater historic community. History is not limited to a time when women's dresses were longer than the men's pants. The modern zipper is less than 100 years old. Colonial era pants had buttons in the front with the size adjusted using laces in the back instead of a belt and buckle which were decorative items on hats and shoes. The early Puritans wore black but dyes using clay and every part of plants such as the leaves, berries, nuts, flowers, bark and roots created a variety of colors from yellows and blues to deep maroon for colonial clothing. Although a common plant color, green faded easily requiring combinations such as yellow followed by blue to create it. Plant based dyes may not match from batch to batch often involving several dunkings to achieve the desired color.

This site tries to gather the little known Milford tales into one place. Rare photos including President Kennedy in front of a White House fireplace believed to be of Milford marble and a poster for a 1916 movie shot in Milford were located. Pictures of a poster for a hundred year old movie that no longer exists and the first advertisement for a computer both made in Milford are here.

We're open to alternative perspectives besides the official version of events written by the winners or modern retellings meant to sell books or an agenda. This site is a starting point for visitors to explore interesting topics on their own using multiple sources. Any first or second-hand stories will be welcome. In an attempt to separate facts from opinions we have highlighted them with a slightly different look. Contact info with spam control will be added in the future to allow feedback.

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crafted sidewalk
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We aim to encourage saving the charm of simpler times when when people took the time to craft quality work before the remaining Milford artifacts fall into disrepair. In the past people took pride in the details of quality craftsmanship instead of Good Enough For Now. Fine details are custom carvings or building a stair railing that hundreds of years later feels as solid as a fully grown tree. A recent example from the last century is people were proud of the artistry and attention put into their work even for something as mundane as laying a sidewalk. They would add contrasting colored decorative stones or tint the concrete. To show their pride and also advertised their services, they signed it with a brass plaque or simply listed the year of installation.

We are not against progress, Milford can boast of numerous technological advances. Elsewhere in the country, even some Amish have adapted to technology such as cell phones for business with the rest ofthe public by.Besides forging new ground, bravery and self-sacrifice was exhibited time after time of working towards the greater good over political or personal connections. We hope the pioneers and innovators of Milford from 241 years ago serve as inspiration for the people of today to create tomorrow's history that years from now will be written about us. The average age in the United States is 37.6 so anything that happened before 1981 is history to half of the population. . We encourage visitors to have a lifelong curiosity to ask questions in order to learn more about any topic. By listening we can begin to understand the answers that experts give us to not waste their time.

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