Our History


History abounds in this New England village that was originally known as Wegawaug.  On February 1, 1639, the area then known as "Wepawaug" was purchased from Ansantawae, Chief Sachem of the Paugusset Tribe. Settlers began arriving shortly thereafter and began to build the town now known as Milford. Adventurers from Milford reached out and founded several other communities and explored afar.

Interesting Historical Facts:
During the Civil War, Milford was a stop on the Underground Railroad. 
George Washington dined and rested here.
Fort Trumbull was built to provide protection in the late 1700s during the Revolutionary War.
Although primarily agrarian, shipbuilding, oystering, small industry and trade on the open seas from the harbor were part of Milford's local economy.
Three governors of Connecticut called Milford their home.

Mysterious Milford History:
Buried treasure is said to exist on a small island the Indians called "Poquahaug," just a mile off Silver Sands Beach. It is a recognized fact that Captain Kidd and other pirates sailed and hid along the Connecticut coast. It's no wonder that iron chests filled with "loot" are rumored to be buried on the land called Charles Island!

Enjoy Downtown History:
View the historical homes on Wharf Lane, now known as High Street.
Take a walk over Founder's Bridge overlooking the Wepawaug River and gorge.
At Lisman Landing you can see Simon Lake's first submarine.
Stroll through downtown to view pre-revolutionary war churches.
Stop by the Taylor Library Building to see the architecture and 5 foot cannon that was one of a battery of six that guarded Milford from the British during the Revolution and the War of 1812.
Take a walk through historical cemeteries located along Prospect Street.
As you walk along the Town Green, stop to see all the commerative War Monuments.

 

 

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