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On the Road to Milford: History, elegance and charm

The thoroughfares and side streets of Milford are filled with shops and galleries.


Shopping and browsing
Just off Route 6 near the 6th Street intersection, Mill Street peels off to the west. It runs down a block or so to the edge of the Sawkill Creek at Water Street. Here sat the 19th-century Gordon Grist Mill, which served the community grinding corn and flour well into the mid-20th century. Present-day investors have made the Upper Mill complex a perfect blend of a museum and quaint shopping experience, even retaining the working waterwheel as part of the WaterWheel Café (150 Water Street, 570/296-2383, www.waterwheelcafe.com). The cafe is a busy, trendy spot serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, with live music “Blues Jams” on Thursday nights. In addition, the Upper Mill Mercantile (150 Water Street, 570/409-4444, on Facebook), a charming new gift store and craft gallery, is right next door. From the Upper Mill, you can explore the antique shops at the Old Lumberyard across the street.

Over on Harford and Broad, and on the little alleys that run off and behind them, shoppers can take home treasures like pottery, candles and baskets, or clothing, dishware and jewelry, or explore old books and prints at Books & Prints at Pear Alley (220 Broad Street, 570/296-4777, on Facebook).

For “foodies” who love Italian food, don’t miss Fretta’s Italian Food Specialty shop (223 Broad Street, (570/296-7863, www.frettas.com.) for an authentic taste of Little Italy home cooking and specialty ingredients.

Art galleries
Milford is also home to many fine art and craft galleries, including the Artery Fine Art and Fine Craft (210 Broad Street, 570/409-1234,) a cooperative gallery of local artists with a dynamic gallery presence. Others to put on your list are the Golden Fish Gallery (307 Broad St., 570/296-0413, www.goldenfishgallery.com), and Blue Stone Studio (206 Broad St. Forest Hall Building, www.bluestonegallerymilford.com), where you can watch the artist potter at work. The gallery/studio is located in the Forest Hall Building, notable in itself as the original home of the Yale School of Forestry endowed by the Pinchot family.

For more information about Milford and its surrounds, visit milfordpa.us.