The Accidental President, John Tyler was born in 1790
He took office when Harrison died.
Ford was another accidental as never being elected and his clumsiness.
colonial writer
colonial writer with laptop

The greater Milford Historic community

This site celebrates Milford History while attempting to stay relevant to 2015. You are reading this on the internet from a device that has an indirect historic tie to Milford. Not too long ago this news would have been printed in the newspaper, in an earlier era it would have been spread by someone riding on horseback from town to town or by the Town Cryer on the central town green. Milford has a beautiful green surrounded by historic landmarks.

laced pants
laced pants
We found joy in discovering for ourselves several of the stories presented here that weren't well-known even within Milford's greater historic community. History is not limited to a time when women's dresses were longer than the men's pants. The modern zipper is less than 100 years old. Colonial era pants had buttons in the front with the size adjusted using laces in the back instead of a belt and buckle which were decorative items on hats and shoes. The early Puritans wore black but dyes using clay and every part of plants such as the leaves, berries, nuts, flowers, bark and roots created a variety of colors from yellows and blues to deep maroon for colonial clothing. Although a common plant color, green faded easily requiring combinations such as yellow followed by blue to create it. Plant based dyes may not match from batch to batch often involving several dunkings to achieve the desired color.

This site tries to gather the little known Milford tales into one place. Rare photos including President Kennedy in front of a White House fireplace believed to be of Milford marble and a poster for a 1916 movie shot in Milford were located. All writers have a viewpoint or lack of awareness on a topic that may influence how they frame a story. To lessen this author's own bias, multiple sources are utilized for a fuller picture of each story. We fact-checked as best as we possible older anecdotes or any relatively recent memorable Milford stories with those closely tied to them. Subjects are presented along with anecdotes from as close to the original sources as possible to provide historical context. Recent events will wait until enough time has passed after they are no longer in the news depending on how big a story it was when it was still current for a fairer historical perspective. I’m open to alternative perspectives besides the official version of events written by the winners or modern retellings meant to sell books or an agenda. Although we attempted to use multiple sources when researching these stories, this site is a starting point for visitors to explore the topics on their own. Any first or second-hand stories will be welcome. We have attempted to separate facts from opinions by placing them on a separate page or in the opening overview paragraph. Contact info will be added when this site has a more permanent address that would provide control over spam.

We aim to encourage saving the charm of simpler times when when people took the time to craft quality work before the remaining artifacts fall into disrepair. In the past people took pride in quality craftsmanship instead of Good Enough For Now. We are not against progress, Milford can boast of numerous technological advances. Bravery was exhibited time after time of working for the greater good. The less nobel course of action sometimes was a reliance upon political or personal connections. Rather than just be in awe of the doers or what our ancestors did 238 years ago, we hope the innovators serve as inspiration for people of today to create tomorrow's history. We encourage visitors to have the curiosity to ask questions in order to find out more about any topic. Sometimes our own beliefs should be questioned such as do we know enough about something to be able to make an informed decision. We love to share what we have discovered ourselves about Milford including interviewing those that were part of recent history. We serve the greater historic community independently of any organization over bureaucratic rules.


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