Milford Borough is the County Seat of Pike County, Pennsylvania with a population 1,104, in an area of 0.5 square mile.
Milford Borough is bounded by the Delaware, Sawkill Creek and VanderTyne Creek on three sides, and the foothills of the Poconos on the fourth. This means it has a lot of "green" activities, from hiking, and biking, to river trips and fishing. But Milford is also all about culture. Live music, festivals, film, farmers markets, and charity events all contribute to a lively roster of activities. "Milford Presents," a community based non-profit organization, is just one group making Milford a great place to visit by locals and visitors alike.
The village was established in 1796 and laid out by Judge John Biddis, who named the streets after his children and family, and the lanes after his favorite fruits and berries. Judge Biddis took his inspiration from the design of Philadelphia, the nation's first capitol. Some say the name Milford came from Milford Haven in Wales, where John Biddis' father William was born. Others say the Wells' mill and the spot where the Delaware was forded resulted in the name Mill-Ford.
Milford Borough was Incorporated on December 25, 1874. Prior to that, Milford was part of Milford Township. Back then, settlers and Native Americans who lived here enjoyed the blessings of rich forests, beautiful lakes, and the fresh waters of the Delaware River and the streams that feed into it.
Milford is considered the Home of the American Conservation Movement and no visit to Milford is complete without visiting Grey Towers, the home of the French Huguenot family, the Pinchots, who came here in the early 1800's, and whose descendants are still active in Milford. Gifford Pinchot was the first Chief of the Forestry Service under President Teddy Roosevelt.
During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Milford was known as a summer resort and trading center. The historic community’s commercial life was associated with recreation, entertainment, government, education and tourism.
Milford is host to many festivals and activities throughout the year including the Milford Music Festival in the summer, the Black Bear Film Festival in the fall and the Winter Lights Festival in January. Some interesting local sites include the Historic Milford Theatre, Upper Mill Historic Grist Mill and the Pike County Historical Society, home of the Lincoln Flag. "Milford Presents," a community based non-profit organization is just one group making Milford a great place to visit by locals and visitors alike.
Don’t forget the shopping!
A complete listing of Milford businesses, services and calendar of events can be found at www.milfordpa.us.