Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Visiting Delmarva • the town of Milford, Delaware (Sussex County)

Located in the First State, Milford spreads across the edges of two counties, Kent and Sussex. It's charming downtown areas, small shops and locally-owned businesses make this an attractive area to spend a day or afternoon. There is a great museum that was at one time the post office, and the detail of the building is pretty interesting, as are the exhibits inside. You may be surprised to learn that throughout the years, Milford has been home to some exciting discoveries and inventions.

Vintage postcard of the post office - see
further down for what it has become today
A view from Walnut Street

Reverse of above
Milford has some lovely downtown streets, filled with small businesses and places to shop and dine.
Visit the Facebook page for "Downtown Milford"
Victorian houses line quiet streets
Many of these beautiful homes are being restored.
Map of Milford
Milford is home to the Riverwalk Farmers Market
Find them on Facebook
One of the things I noticed on my first visit here
was that almost all of the shops and storefronts were
occupied. I barely saw any "For Rent" signs at all.
The old post office shown above? It's now the Milford Museum.
So many wonderful things inside to explore....
The display above gives information on the dental caulk invented
here - while the postcard below shows the actual building
"L.D. Caulk, a dentist in Delaware who made his own materials, stopped
practicing dentistry in 1877 and began manufacturing dental products,
such as cement,gutta-percha, filling materials, and alloys." Source
Here's another postcard of the Caulk Laboratory
There was also an ordnance plant.
Visit the museum's Facebook page
Police Department
Check out the "My Milford" page on Facebook here
Very old postcard view
Old advertising for the Milford Plaza Theatre
This theatre was opened around 1923 and was the largest building in Milford. In the early 1940’s the Plaza became part of the Schine Circuit and was labelled by the Schine Circuit as “The New Plaza Theatre” although the townfolks always referred to it simply as The Plaza Theatre. Source
"The Milford Theatre was built on the site of the Plaza Theatre which was gutted by fire. The Milford Theatre was opened by Schine Circuit Inc. in June 1949. It was an ornate palace, yet had an intimate feel with its 1,675 seats located in orchestra and balcony levels. It closed in the early-1970’s and has now served as a church for over 30 years." Source

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