by Terry Rogers
If you have ever wondered about the history of some of the unique buildings found in the northern section of Milford, you can learn more at the “Walk Through the Past” event sponsored by the Milford Museum. Noted historian and author Dave Kenton as well as several other historians are taking a leisurely stroll through the downtown area on Saturday, May 28, starting at the museum at 9 AM.
“We will make stops at the Old Red Mill and peninsula site on the Riverwalk,” Nicole Rogers, Museum Operations Director, said. “Other stops include the Parson Thorne Mansion and cemetery and the early tannery district on Mill Street. Many people are unaware that Walnut Street was not always the main business district in Milford, so Dave will provide details about the original area where businesses were located.”
Along the route, Kenton will provide information about the interesting people who not only lived in many of the historic homes along the way but the businesses some operated out of those homes. Walkers will learn more about the Towers, the Central Hotel, the Pikus building and more. Kenton will also provide details on some historic buildings that are no longer part of Milford but were an important part of the town’s history.
“We welcome questions about any of the people or places in Milford,” Rogers said. “Not only will Dave be leading the walk and providing details about the buildings and their architecture, but several other historians will also be along to offer more details about the people who helped shape the town we see today and provide some fun facts about those people.”
Tickets for the event are $10 each and includes refreshments inside the Century Club during the walk. This is a walking tour and, although the plan is to walk leisurely, it will travel throughout downtown, out to Parson Thorne and back to the museum. Walkers should wear comfortable shoes, a hat and bring bottled water. All proceeds from the event go to support the exhibits and mission of the Milford Museum. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/north-milford-walking-history-tour-tickets-331902036927.
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