Milford is a borough in Pike County, Pennsylvania, United States, and
the county seat. Its population was 1,021 at the 2010 census.
Located on the upper Delaware River, Milford is part of the New York
5 Cultural activities
7 Annual events
8 Notable people
10 See also
12 External links
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
Milford was founded in 1796 after the
American Revolutionary War
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.
Milford has 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.
Grey Towers National Historic Site, the ancestral home of Gifford
Pinchot, the noted conservationist, two-time Governor of Pennsylvania
and first head of the U.S. Forest Service, is located in Milford. It
has been designated a National Historic Landmark.
From 1904 to 1926, Grey Towers was the site of summer field study
sessions for the Master's program of the Yale School of Forestry,
together with the Forester's Hall, a commercial building that was
adapted and expanded for this purpose. Jervis Gordon Grist Mill
Historic District, Hotel Fauchere and Annex, Metz Ice Plant, and Pike
County Courthouse are also listed on the National Register of Historic
Places. Nearby is Arisbe, the home of Charles S. Peirce, a prominent
logician, philosopher and scientist in the late 19th century, and
another NRHP property.
The Pike County Historical Society Museum in Milford includes in its
collection the "Lincoln Flag", which was draped on President Abraham
Lincoln's booth at
Ford's Theatre the night he was assassinated. The
flag was bundled up and placed under the President's head, and still
bears his blood. It was kept by stage manager Thomas Gourlay. He
passed it down to his daughter Jeannie, an actress who had appeared in
the play, Our American Cousin, at the theatre that night. She later
moved to Milford and the flag was donated to the museum after her
In September 2007, Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel named Milford second
on its list of "Ten Coolest Small Towns" in Pennsylvania.
According to the
Census Bureau, the borough has a total
area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2), all land.
Milford is located in the Poconos Mountains, in what was historically
a heavily wooded area. When Judge Biddis bought up the land of what
was then known as Wells Ferry and laid out the lots for the new
town, he generally followed the urban plan of Philadelphia: he laid
out High Street – the equivalent of what is now Market Street in
Philadelphia – running to the Delaware River, while Broad Street
runs perpendicular to High, creating a grid. At the intersection of
Broad and High is a public square – just as there is at Broad and
Philadelphia – and most of Milford's official buildings
are located there. Within the grid, East-West streets are
numbered, Second through Seventh, with Broad Street falling between
Fourth and Fifth Streets, while North-South streets are named after
Judge Biddis' children: Ann, Catherine, George, John, Sarah and
Elizabeth. In between both the named and numbered streets are
alleys, named after berries and fruit.
In contemporary Milford, Broad Street is also marked as U.S. Route 6
and U.S. Route 209. At its intersection with Harford Street, Route 6
continues north on Harford, while Route 209 continues south on the
Milford is located on an escarpment above the Delaware River. All
waterways there which drain into the river fall the 100-foot
(30 m) difference in height, creating what is known as a
fluviarchy, a network of waterfalls, putatively the most notable one
east of the Rocky Mountains. These also provided water power to
mills, which contributed to Milford's economy in the 19th century.
As of the census of 2010, there were 1,021 people, 491 households,
and 236 families residing in the borough. The population density was
2,042 people per square mile (797.7/km²). There were 580 housing
units at an average density of 1,160 per square mile (453.1/km²). The
racial makeup of the borough was 95.2% White, 0.6% African American,
0.5% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 1.4% from other races, and 1.9% from
two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.5% of the
There were 491 households out of which 19.6% had children under the
age of 18 living with them, 35.4% were married couples living
together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and
51.9% were non-families. 42.4% of all households were made up of
individuals and 21.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age
or older. The average household size was 2.01 and the average family
size was 2.79.
In the borough the population was spread out with 16.3% under the age
of 18, 59.9% from 18 to 64, and 23.8% who were 65 years of age or
older. The median age was 48.3 years.
The median income for a household in the borough was $33,571, and the
median income for a family was $46,136. Males had a median income of
$40,500 versus $28,333 for females. The per capita income for the
borough was $21,011. About 4.0% of families and 9.1% of the population
were below the poverty line, including 8.1% of those under age 18 and
5.6% of those age 65 or over.
Milford is served by the Delaware Valley School District.
Milford is home to Pike County Arts and Crafts, an art education
organization that was chosen by the
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
as winner of the 2007
Pennsylvania State "Creative Community
Award.". Since 1950,
Pike County Arts and Crafts has also hosted
an annual art show each July in Borough Hall.
The Hotel Fauchère, established in 1852, has hosted guests such as
William Tecumseh Sherman, Rudolph Valentino, Sarah Bernhardt, Andrew
Carnegie, Mae West, Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Babe Ruth, Robert
Ogden Nash and Presidents Theodore and Franklin Delano
Roosevelt, and John F. Kennedy. On the National Register of
Historic Places since 1980, the hotel was restored in 2006.
"Grey Towers", home of Gifford Pinchot
The Pike County Chess Club was founded in 2011. Although attendees no
longer meet weekly for casual games, the Club organizes at least one
tournament per month at the Patisserie Fauchere. Games played at these
tournaments are submitted for rating by the
United States Chess
Federation (USCF), with which the Club is affiliated.
Milford is home to several camps operated by the Jewish organization
NJY Camps: Camp Nah-Jee-Wah, Cedar Lake Camp, and Teen Age Camp.
Nah-Jee-Wah is for younger campers, Cedar Lake Camp caters to
middle-school-aged campers, and Teen Age Camp is for teens. All three
camps have activities in and around their two lakes.
The Black Bear Film Festival is an annual independent film festival,
which takes place the weekend after
Columbus Day in October primarily
at the historic Milford Theater. It includes many free films and
lectures in the Film Salon, as well as feature films for an admission
The Milford Music Festival takes place each June. It is a free weekend
event sponsored by Milfordmusicfest.org, which also produces
Septemberfest, Share The Harvest and the annual Tree Lighting. The
2009 Milford Music Festival was headlined by Vanessa Carlton, the
Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter/pianist who is from Milford. The
2013 edition featured Pete Seeger.
Louis Allen, a
New York Army National Guard
New York Army National Guard officer killed in a
fragging incident in 2005 during the Iraq War.
James Blish, Damon Knight,
Judith Merril and
Kate Wilhelm (Mrs.
Knight), all science fiction writers
Vanessa Carlton, singer/pianist
Allyn Joslyn, stage and screen actor
Martin & Muñoz, visual artists also known as Walter Martin &
Frank McCourt, author
Gifford Pinchot's family, including Mary Pinchot Meyer.
Charles Sanders Peirce, a philosopher and polymath, lived on a farm 3
miles from Milford, from 1887 until his 1914
Sean Strub, is a writer and activist
Mary Pickford, silent film actress
Al Pitrelli, guitarist
Tom Quick, early settler
A view of Milford from "The Knob", looking east down Broad Street
Charles S. Peirce's house
"The Columns", home of the Pike County Historical Society Museum
The Tom Quick Inn
The Milford Theatre
This historical marker is located in the home were
Frank McCourt wrote
Angelas's Ashes, in Milford, PA
National Register of Historic Places
National Register of Historic Places listings in Pike County,
The Milford Branch of the Pike County Public Library, located in the
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^ Upcoming PCAC Events - 2009
^ Black Bear Film Festival, Official website
^ Quinlan, James E. "Tom Quick The Indian Slayer and the pioneers of
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