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MILFORD CONNECTICUT      A LITTLE CITY WITH A BIG HEART

 

ANSANTAWAE 

Drawing by Courtesey of Dorothy Rindos Kozlowski "58"

Milford is the 6th oldest town in Connecticut.  On Februarey 6, 1639 Englishmen who had explored the area and set  up camp  south of New Haven Colony,  joined with others from New Haven to purchase land from Anantawae, a Sachem of the Paugusset Indians.  Sachem is a title bestowed upon a paramount chief among northeast American tribes.   It is  gained by vote or in some instances by heredity.

 The colonicts  were interested in land on the banks of the Wepawaug River where Ansantawae's inland  village was located down to where his tribe summered on what is now  Point Lookout on  Long Island Sound.  The price they were willing to pay?  Six coats, ten blankets, one kettle, twelve hatchets, twelve hoes, twenty-four knives and twelve small mirrors seemed reasonable.   The tract extended from the east (Oyster River) to the Housatonic.  It included not only costal plain land but also a small island offshore and a two mile "Indian Path" north to Paugusset (Derby).  It is believed this pathway extended the purchse to include area  now considered all of  Orange and Milford as well as part of Woodbridge.

 

VISIT OUR PARKS


MILFORD POINT COASTAL CENTER 

An Audubon Society gem at #1 Milford Point Road this is an 8.4 barrier beach  adjacent to a large  wildlife management area and salt marsh.  It is truly a birdwatchers' paradise; one that also provides educational exhibits, programs, and interesting events for adults,   children. and families to enjoy.  Summer canoe and kayak outings are a perennial favorite.  Another is   an Osprey Cam operated from an 18 foot tall nesting platform that can be watched on the web the world over. 

Closed on Mondays, the center is open Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and from Noon to 4:00 PM on Sundays.  A boardwalk and observation platform with interpretive signage as well as a  covered observation tower are open daily year-round from dawn to dusk.

Coastal Center at Milford Point

 

EISENHOWER PARK

Located at 725 North Street, this park is a wonderful place for children and adults.  Not only naturally pretty, it is  well maintained.  The nature trails, playground, and shelter for picnicking are all family friendly.  There is even a pond, a tennis court, and a dog run.

 TWO GOLF COURSES IN TOWN

The Orchard is a 9 hole municipal course on what was once a North St. apple orchard.

Great River Golf Club along the Housatonic at Milford / Orange town line is a Tommy Fazio designed course. 

 

AND A SKATE PARK
Edward T Austin  Sports Complex  Washington Street  (Washington Field adjacent to RT.1)  

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Ed Austin, a Woodmont native and  MHS "54" graduate was a long time Director of Milford's Department of Park and Recreation.

 

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POINTS OF INTEREST

INTRIGUING CHARLES ISLAND 

There it sits just off shore, seemingly almost close enough to touch; but it now remains undisturbed.  Except for the occasional wrath of Nor’ Easters and hurricanes, its tranquility is preserved  ... as is its mystery.  Mystery about strong swirling currents and a sand bar that disappears with every incoming high tide dominates local folklore.  Alas, Milford's netorious sand bar  which historically  has left  a multitude of  people stranded and signaling for rescue, continues to claim victims each summer. Thus the sandbar  contributes to Charles Island's intrigue as does a 1699 legend of Captain Kidd’s treasure.  An unexplained closing of a  Dominican Priests’  Aquinas Retreat in the 1930’s furnished fodder for years of  gossip and speculation.   Remnants of a chapel and bell tower were quite recognizable through the 1950's and 60's when people were allowed access to the island's interior.

An Historical Account of Charles Island Milford, CT

written by Michael C. Dooling, available locally and on Amazon.com  is truly a treasure filled with facts:

Milford's sandbar is a “tombolo”, a sand or gravel bar that connects an island to the mainland or to another island.

 Charles Island is only 14 acres in size yet it has a storied recorded history dating back to 1614.

Named Quahog by Native Americans, it was the summer home of Ansatawae, Sachem  of the Paugussett Tribe. In 1639 English settlers purchased the island  as part of a large tract of land that they had named Milford.

Subsequently the island was acquired by George Hubbard who in turn sold it to Richard Bryan.  In 1657 Charles Deal bought the so-called Milford Island intending to grow tobacco.  Although that venture was short lived, the name Charles Island persisted. Currently the property of the State of Connecticut, Charles Island has had 25 owners and many uses.

At one point in time, it housed a popular hotel and served as a destination point for summer visitors who arrived not  only by boat but by train and  trolley car followed by a stage coach ride over the the sand bar.  

Charles Island is  now protected as a wild life sanctuary.  

    POINTS OF INTEREST

"The Green" its historical statues & 

Lisman Landing the former Town Docks now home to a Simon Lake submarine

Milford Chamber of Commerce Building  the Former Taylor Library

River Park Apartments known as  Nilford High School 1909- 1951 and  neighboring Parsons' Goverment Center known as      Milford High School      1951-1983

 

VISIT OUR BEACHES


SILVER SANDS STATE PARK

This is truly a Milford High School connected site.

  Developing one of our city's greatest treasures into a venue that all CT residents and tourists   could enjoy was a dream of MHS "55" graduate and elected State Representative Gerald Stevens. However, it was not completed and opened to the public until long after Gerry's untimely death. Located on the city's west shore in an area often battered by violent storms, this otherwise serene landscape is now a destination mecca for wildlife as well as beachcombers.

 

Milford actually boasts a coastline of 17 miles (much of it private).   Often a specific building lot designated as waterfront includes beach property to the high-water mark.  Other groups of building lots designated as communally owned and taxed beach property are deemed to be part of an association.  Private marinas also dot the shoreline and extend up river to provide protection for water craft.  Milford Yacht Club, Lisman Landing, and private marinas located  where the  Wepawaug River meets Milford Harbor are conviently located near  Milford Center.

 GULF BEACH NEAR THE CENTER OF TOWN,   HAWLEY AVENUE BEACH IN WOODMONT. AND WALNUT BEACH ON THE WEST SHORE  ARE ALSO PUBLIC BEACHES WITH FREE PARKING FOR RESIDENTS AND TAXPAYERS WITH STICKERS.

   A PARKING FEE IS CHARGED TO OTHERS.

SAND SCULPTURE  EVENT

   WEATHER PERMITTING

A favorite with fans at a past Great American Sand Sculpture Competition, in Milford, was this grouping of frogs. This year's event, weather permitting, will take place on Saturday, Aug. 25. Photo: Contributed Photo / CT

This is a favorite Walnut Beach  annual event.   Participation is open to all  willing to spend a day under the sun.
They start creating  masterpieces in the  sand early in the morning, wait patiently for judges to make decisions and award prizes, then sadly watch the incoming tide return beach to its natural state.
Entry for contestants as well as spectators is free, however, non-residents are charged a parking fee.