Milford Museum to Offer Walking Tours

Claudia Leister, Director of Milford Museum

The Milford Museum is offering several walking tours this summer. Participants will gather at the Milford Century Club at 18 N. Church Street at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday May 13. Local historian David Kenton will lead the tours which will provide general information about Milford’s early history. Tours will last about two hours.

The North Milford tour will make stops at the Old Red Mill and peninsula site on the Riverwalk, Parson Thorne’s home and cemetery, the early tannery district on Mill Street, Milford’s first main street along NW Front, Joseph Oliver’s homesite behind Walnut Street and early Milford merchant homes. The tour will finish with a walk along Walnut Street to discuss early stores and the Mispillion River wharves.

A second tour on Saturday June 10 will highlight the history of South Milford. Participants will gather at the Milford Museum at 121 S. Walnut Street at 9:00 a.m. The South Milford tour will make stops at Henry Hudson’s homesite (Library) and proceed to early shipyards owned by William Scribner, James H. Deputy, Carlisle & Revel, Lank & Black, Abbott, and Vinyard. It will continue past the early Milford Ballpark and Fireman’s Carnival grounds and around the Causey Mansion to the L.D. Caulk Company’s original plant. The walk will conclude with a discussion of Milford’s railway depot, lumber yards and mansions along Causey Avenue.

Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and bring a bottle of water. Reservations are required and may be obtained by calling the Museum 302-424-1080. The cost of the tour is $10 which is payable in advance or the day of the tour.

The Milford Museum is located at 121 S. Walnut Street, Milford, DE. It is open 10am – 3:30pm Tuesday through Saturday, and 1pm – 3:30pm on Sunday. Closed on Mondays and Holidays. Admission is FREE. For additional information please call (302) 424-1080.

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