Located at the head of the Broadkill River, Milton, population 1,597, was first settled in 1672 by English Colonists. The town was known by various names until 1807, when it was named for the English poet, John Milton.
History and Milton's shipbuilding heritage remain very important to the town, which is home to some of the finest Victorian and Colonial architecture in Delaware. Many of the homes have been restored to their original form, particularly those on Union and Federal streets.
Milton has 198 structures on the Federal Register Historic District and its history is preserved in the Lydia B. Cannon Museum, the Governor James Carey home, the Chestnut Street Cemetery, and the Governor David Hazzard Mansion.
Today, Milton serves local residents and summer tourists in the Milton, Broadkill Beach and Primehook Beach areas with family operated businesses and new office and shopping complexes.
Milton boasts numerous community organizations, a civic center, a memorial park, a volunteer fire department, a public library, more than a half-dozen major annual events, and churches.
Recreational opportunities abound with the Broadkill River, Wagamon's Pond, Diamond Pond and Lavinia Pond. Public boat docks and fishing piers are also available.
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