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TOMBSTONES POSTPONED TO A DATE TO BE DETERMINED

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Preservation and Restoration of Tombstones by Barbara Stewart at the Mary Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church on the Green

 


The Milford Historical Society

 

The Milford Historical Society is a non-profit organization open to all people interested in the unique history of Milford.

Our mission is to collect and preserve Milford antiquities, to encourage historical investigation, and to disseminate historical information.

Contact us with any questions.



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MHS Annual Dinner – May 24, 2021


The Annual Dinner of the Milford Historical Society will be held on Mon., May 24 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Stonebridge Restaurant.

A program will be presented by Vice President Chris Bishop who will tell about the history of the Society. The organization was founded in 1930, and he will recall some of the highlights and challenges faced over the past 91 years that have been recorded in the MHS files. Reservations for the dinner may be made by contacting Lloyd Jacobs, president at (203) 906-4949.


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SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS

JUNE 5th to OCTOBER 3rd

The Three Historic Houses and The Country Store Will Open From 1 PM to 4 PM 

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MHS Annual Dinner –

May 24, 2021



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SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS

JUNE 5th to OCTOBER 3rd

The Three Historic Houses and The Country Store Will Open From 1 PM to 4 PM 


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Cemetery Tour

June 5


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TOMBSTONES POSTPONED TO A DATE TO BE DETERMINED

Preservation and Restoration of Tombstones at the Mary Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church on the Green - Date and Time To Be Announced

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For more info click programs and events​ below





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Cemetery Tour June 5



Carvings of symbols on the oldest gravestones in Old Milford Cemetery reveal how the settlers’ ideas about death changed over the centuries. Some markers have epitaphs that are like sermons in stone with messages for the living. And there’s so much more to learn.







Tours about the artwork and sculpture at the cemetery will be offered on Sat., June 5 at 1 p.m.  Parking is available in the DAR lot at 55 Prospect St. Tour begins from the cemetery gate at that location. (Rain date: Sat., June 12.)

This will be the 6th tour sponsored by the Friends of Milford Cemetery., a group formed in 2014 to preserve and protect this burial ground that opened in 1676. (Before that time, beginning with the first death of an infant in 1644, the earliest settlers were buried in Rev. Peter Prudden’s back garden on a lot known today as 67 Prospect St., adjacent to Milford Cemetery. No headstones were ever used there, because that was not a Puritan custom. Markers, they felt, were a vanity.)

Tickets cost $5 per adult. There is no charge for children when accompanied by adults with tickets. Masks are required, social distancing will be expected and temperatures taken. Tickets may be purchased the day of the event. They may also be bought mornings at the Milford Cemetery Office, 35 Gulf Street, or at the Canvas Patch, (203) 878-7505 at 5 River St., during normal business hours.

The FMOC is a group of about 30 men and women who regularly meet to clean moss and lichens off the tombstones, repair broken ones and re-set others. The current project is to identify and permanently mark all the graves of veterans and the wars they fought.

FOMC is part of the Milford Cemetery Association. For more information visit the Facebook page at Friends of Milford Cemetery. To join, contact Melissa mornings at (203) 874-8998. Membership is open to all; dues are $15 a year. To clean a stone, all you need are scrub brushes, gallons of water, gloves and the curiosity enough to discover whose gravestone you are cleaning and making readable again.


 

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Milford Historical Society  34 High Street, Milford, CT 06460