Since 1794 the Town of “Millford” has been a busy hub for surrounding communities. The falls and dams along the river provided early power for Shephard’s grist and lumber mills, soon followed by the Cotton and Woolen Mills. Other manufacturing soon followed including furniture companies French & Heald and McLane Manufacturing, Granite quarries and many more mills and business all drew people here to work and shop along with our own residents. Farms moved from subsistence to producers of dairy, poultry, wool and orchard produce. Railroads allowed crops, goods and granite to be shipped from Milford to far flung markets Early on oxen and horse power were the main supply of energy and strength to get the job done locally. Rivers Roads and Rails all formed a hub of interconnections in Milford. Stores and Services soon served many of the surrounding communities who were too small to support such diverse activity. Milford’s schools became a source of community pride and played host for many years for high school students from surrounding towns.
Today we are an evolving community –the Oval Area contains many restaurants, gift and service related businesses. It remains the hub of activity both social and business wise for Milford and the surrounding towns. Band concerts, festivals and other activities bring tourists and residents to shop and socialize. Milford’s commitment to excellence in education provides us with a dynamic Academic and Vocational high school along with highly rated sports teams. We still have World Class employers here including Manufacturing and Technology companies but many residents commute out of town for their employment but choose to live here for the quality of life that this community provides.. Milford hosts a major farm and equipment dealer along with several other recreational and automotive sales and service organizations. We still have a great farming community with many CSA’s and a year round farmer’s market. We are a town of many more small home and cottage industries, along with trades like plumbers, electricians and computer businesses. Milford has a very active Conservation Commission which maintains miles of hidden trails for you to explore all seasons of the year.
We hope that this QR tour will give you an idea of where we came from, what we are today and where we are going in the future.