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As the fastest growing city in Delaware, Milford thrives on entrepreneurial spirit and growth in all aspects of life including commerce, culture and community. Known throughout the state as River Town, Art Town, Home Town, Milford celebrates the beauty of their natural resources, the ingenuity of its people and their commitment to quality of life.  Downtown Milford’s crown jewel is the Mispillion Riverwalk, a greenway space designed to preserve the town’s waterfront. Along this walk were once located seven shipyards that produced over 600 wooden sailing ships between 1680 and 1927.

As a diverse, culturally-motivated community, the active Downtown emphasizes visual, performing and culinary arts. Featuring upmarket boutiques, art galleries and restaurants, Walnut Street in downtown Milford has been named one of the top 10 Great Streets in the United States by the American Planning Association.

Providing for a quality way of life, visitors are encouraged you to explore the magnificent City parks, including the Tony Silicato Memorial Park that hosts the CanDo Playground, a facility for children of all needs, and BiCentennial Park which features the Mispillion Riverwalk, a series of pedestrian and bicycle paths that allow families to enjoy the views of the beautiful Mispillion River.

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Greater Milford has a diversified economy, with food processing, textiles, chemical and rubber products, fabricated metal products, millwork, electrical industrial apparatus, construction and agricultural businesses. The service sector is also strong. A major regional hospital is located near the downtown and educational, job training, and vocational rehabilitation centers are located throughout the city.

The area surrounding Milford boasts pastoral beauty and abundant recreational resources. Nearby is Abbott’s Mill Nature Center, which offers environmental education programs and outdoor activities. The Mill itself is one of the few surviving water-powered mills. Walking trails, swimming and other recreational facilities are found in Killen’s Pond State Park. In addition, the beaches of Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean are located just minutes away.

Whether seeking to open a business, raise a family or retire, the opportunity for prosperity and happiness is waiting in Milford.

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Bug & Bud FestivalBug & Bud Festival B&G Club Kids’ FestB&G Club Kids' Fest Downtown Pub CrawlToasting the Town Pub Crawl Riverwalk Freedom FestivalRiverwalk Freedom Festival  
 3rd Thursday Downtown  Holiday StrollHoliday Stroll Eat In The Street
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Local History

Located on the banks of the Mispillion River, the Kent County side of Milford was first settled in 1680 by Henry Bowan on what was known as the Saw Mill Range. A century later the Reverend Sydenham Thorne built a dam across the Mispillion River to generate power for his gristmill and sawmill. Around the same time, Joseph Oliver laid out the first city streets and plots nearby on a part of his plantation. Soon a number of homes and businesses appeared along Front Street and Milford was born. The city was incorporated in 1807.In the 1770′s, a ship building industry was already flourishing on the Mispillion River. Shipbuilding continued to be the major industry of Milford through World War I, bringing considerable prosperity to the town. The high point came in 1917 when the four-masted, 174 foot long Albert F. Paul was launched from the William G. Abbott shipyard. At one point six shipyards were operating in the downtown area. When the last of the area’s giant white oaks was cut in the 1920s, the shipyards quickly went out of business, although the Mispillion ships sailed on for many years. (The Paul was sunk by a German torpedo in 1942 while sailing from the Bahamas.) The Vinyard shipyard was called into service in both WW I and II to build submarine chasers.During much of the twentieth century Milford’s downtown served as the commercial center of a large agricultural community. Today Milford’s historic downtown has become a renewed center of community life hosting upmarket boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and a community theatre. Celebrating the importance of the Mispillion River, downtown Milford is host to several regional events each year including the Riverwalk Freedom Festival and the Bug & Bud Festival. Residents and Visitors alike can enjoy the natural resource as the walk, bike or run along The Mispillion Riverwalk, a series of pedestrian and bicycle paths that hug the Mispillion River.


A Guide to Milford’s Historic and Notable Properties



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