was included on the list of "cool towns" by Arthur Frommer's
Budget Travel magazine and Atlantic Magazine called Milford
"the prettiest county seat in America." "The beauty of the
Delaware River Valley, only 90 minutes' drive from Manhattan,
will astonish first-time visitors. The lovely valley's quaintest
town is Milford." - Condé Nast Traveler.
PA., remains a rarity: a spot filled with natural beauty just 70
miles from New York City that hasn't been overrun by vacationers
and weekend homeowners." - The Wall Street Journal. "New York's
rich and powerful throughout the late 19th century has been reincarnated
as a civilized 21st-century hideaway." - Travel + Leisure, June
2007. "Milford is now being re-discovered by artistic types looking
for a nearby weekend retreat." - Westchester Magazine, June 2007.
"...real show stopper: the historically rich and cute-as-a-button
river town of Milford." -The Observer Online, May 2012. No. 3 in
top ten list of US small towns. -Urban Titan, May 2012.
The area along
the Delaware River had long been settled by the Lenape, an Algonquian-speaking
indigenous tribe that lived in the mid-Atlantic coastal areas, including
western Long Island, and along this river at the time of European
colonization. The English also called the people the Delaware, after
the river they named after one of their colonial leaders. Milford
was founded in 1796 after the American Revolutionary War as a United
States settlement on the Delaware River by Judge John Biddis, one
of Pennsylvania's first four circuit judges. He named the settlement
after his ancestral home in Wales.
a large number of historical significant buildings, many constructed
in the nineteenth century and early twentieth centuries. Some are
listed on the National Register of Historic Places, while numerous
others are included in the Milford Historic District, also listed
on the NRHP. Of the 655 buildings in the district, 400 of them have
been deemed to be historically significant. The district is characterized
by a variety of Late Victorian architecture, as well as Mid-19th
Century Revival, and Late 19th and 20th Century Revivals.