Share your Milford Pictures

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High Hopes Balloon Festival 2005

Do you enjoy looking though old pictures of our great small town?  So do we!  The Milford Historical Society's 'Milford Pictures' page on our web site is dedicated to collecting and sharing those old pictures of Milford.  With currently well over 300 photographs strong, we are always looking for additional Milford Pictures to really document our photograhic history.  As you'll see from the galleries, the collection contains everything from very old pictures from the 1860's all the way up to today.  Afterall, a photo taken yesterday is still part of Milford's history!

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Ames Department Store

What kind of pictures?  Pictures from parades, different businesses that have come and gone, restaurants, people, street scenes, etc. etc.  Even pictures as simple as a shot of your old home are history.  All Milford pictures show our history and are welcomed and enjoyed by current and past residents alike. 

Please take some time to look through your old photo albums and shoe boxes.  There must be thousands of Milford Pictures out there waiting to be part of our history!  You can send your pictures with a description to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you can use the easy upload form over on the right side of this page.

Examples of some Milford Pictures are included here on this page.  The High Hopes Balloon Festival was a Milford tradition every June for many years.  Initially it was conducted on the property of Bernice Perry on Old Wilton road and then eventually moved to the property of the Chappell Farm on Federal Hill road.

Ames department store had their grand opening in the Granite Town Plaza on March 17, 1983 and the store employed 50 people.  It was great to have in town back in the late 80's and into the 90's.  We would have to think that the bigger box stores like Wal-mart and 'online shopping' ultimately did in our local department store.

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T.J. Dooley's Restaurant

T.J. Dooley's restaurant used to be in the Lorden Plaza.  Like many other restaurants that have come and gone from Milford over the years, T.J. Dooley's, Papa Ginos, and D'Angelo's are all eating estalishments that have come and gone from Lorden Plaza over the years. 

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The Carey House Museum

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Gift Shop / Reception area

From the minute you walk into the reception/gift shop area, the story of Milford begins to unfold before your eyes. Portraits of founding fathers, historic signage from local businesses and maps of historical significance decorate the walls. Take a few steps farther into the museum and view the large variety of products manufactured in Milford from the mid-19th century through the present day.

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Manufactured in Milford

Learn about the granite quarries Milford is world famous for. See the large collection of tools used by quarry workers and examples of the stone artisan’s creative genius. Our collection of military artifacts date from the Civil War and tells the story of many Milford soldiers.

Unique to the Carey House is a collection of items from Milford’s own Hutchinson Family Singers, abolitionist singers known throughout the US and Europe in the years leading up to the Civil War.

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Portrait Gallery

A trip upstairs will bring you to a portrait gallery that endeavors to tell the story of, and relationships between, many of the prominent families of Milford.  There is a sitting area for reading in-depth biographies of these citizens and for viewing a fun collection of post cards.  Beyond the portrait gallery is a depiction of items found in a home in the 1800s and a tribute to Oliver and Mary Lull. He was an attorney, then a Civil War Colonel.  After his death in the war, his wife became a surgeon and eventually donated their homestead to the town of Milford. The Wadleigh Library now occupies that site.

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Upstairs on the 2nd floor

No trip to the museum would be complete without a stop in the barn. From old fire equipment, a wine press and bank robbery door, the barn is filled with many odd and beautiful items. But you have to come and visit in order to see everything!

 

 

 

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What people are saying

 love everything about it.  I grew up and lived in Milford for over 60 years.  Moved to Burlington Vt in 2011.  I miss Milford so much.  I enjoy all the on line pictures and history.  My dad Salvatore P Grasso was a big part of Milford.  Keep up the good work

Nancy Grasso Freel