The Milford Historical Society
T he 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.
It is our aim that this web site may assist the research, nurture the interest, and provoke the actions of any and all people who have an enthusiasm about the preservation and investigation of the history of Milford.
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Irish Civil War Regiment
"Forward the 9th" was the message of a Civil War recruiting poster used to enlist Connecticut’s Irish immigrants.
The contributions of those volunteers to the Union effort will be remembered by Cheshire Historian Robert Larkin at the March 17 gathering of the Milford Historical Society. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Mary Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church on the Green, 168 Broad St. This will be the annual joint meeting with the Orange Historical Society. The public is invited.Read more...
Washington was here
George Washington visited Milford in November 1759 and complained about the service at a local tavern by asking for a silver spoon.
The Washington bridge was dedicated on November 11th, the aniversary of when he left by crossing the Housatonic near where the bridge now stands.
Years later, his Vice President Aaron Burr was stopped for traveling through town on a Sunday and ordered to stay at the tavern.
Milford is in Washington in the form of a piece of marble used for the Capital steps.
twig and turf
A turf & twig ceremony with Aurelius H. Piper, Jr. (Chief Quiet Hawk), a descendant of the Indian sachem Ansantawae, was held on February 12th, the anniversary of the founding of Milford at city hall utilizing a small branch from Richard Platt’s pussywillow plant. He was honored for his many years as town historian with the day declared Richard Platt day. The room was then filled with the sweet sounds of 2 groups of school children singing about Milford. The public entertainment portion of the meeting can be seen on Milford’s public access cable channel.Read more...
In commemoration of the 375th Anniversary of the founding of Milford, the Society sponsored an exhibit on how Milford celebrated past anniversaries. The displays on view at the Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Avenue, in February coincide with the actual date the land was purchased from the Wepawaug Native Americans on February 12, 1639. This exhibit moves to the society's houses when they open for the season on May 31.
Connecticut’s 29th Regiment
A Black Civil War Regiment was the topic of the January 20 meeting of the Society at the Mary Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church on the Green after a brief business meeting.
Our speaker, Charles (Ben) Hawley told the story of the 29th Regiment that included his great- great-grandfather, Orrin B. Hawley. His talk will take us back in time to understand the wider issues during and after the war. Mr. Hawley, who lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, is a teacher, author and Civil War re-enactor.Read more...
Milford 375th anniversary calendars
In observance of the 375th anniversary of the founding of Milford, the Milford Historical Society has published a 2014 calendar with contemporary scenes of Milford. Dates corresponding to moments and highlights in Milford’s history and notices of society’s activities are highlighted.
Designed and compiled by Dan Ortoleva, this project was made possible with the sponsorship of Milford Photo.
Calendars are available for a $15 contribution and are now available at The Canvas Patch on River Street. They will be also be at our public meetings while the last.