colonial writer
colonial writer with laptop

The greater Milford Historic community

This site celebrates Milford History while attempting to stay relevant to 2015. You are reading this on the internet from a device that has an indirect historic tie to Milford. Not too long ago this news would have been printed in the newspaper, in an earlier era it would have been spread by someone riding on horseback from town to town or by the Town Cryer on the central town green. Milford has a beautiful green surrounded by historic landmarks.

laced pants
laced pants
We found joy in discovering for ourselves several of the stories presented here that weren't well-known even within Milford's greater historic community. History is not limited to a time when women's dresses were longer than the men's pants. The modern zipper is less than 100 years old, so colonial era pants had buttons in the front with the size adjusted using laces in the back instead of a belt and buckle which were decorative items on hats and shoes. The early Puritans wore black but plant based dyes of leaves, berries, flowers and bark created a variety of colors including deep maroon for colonial clothing.

This site tries to gather the little known Milford tales into one place. Rare photos including President Kennedy in front of a White House fireplace believed to be of Milford marble and a poster for a 1916 movie shot in Milford were located.Using multiple sources for a fuller picture of each story we fact-checked as best as we possible older anecdotes or any relatively recent memorable Milford stories with those closely tied to them. Subjects are presented along with anecdotes to provide historical context. Recent events will wait until enough time has passed after they are no longer in the news depending on how big a story it was when it was still current for a fairer historical perspective. I’m open to alternative perspectives besides the official version of events written by the winners or modern retellings meant to sell books or an agenda. Although we attempted to use multiple sources when researching these stories, this site is a starting point for visitors to explore the topics on their own. Any first or second-hand stories will be welcome. Contact info will be added when this site has a more permanent address that would provide control over spam.

We aim to encourage saving the charm of simpler times when when people took the time to craft quality work before the remaining artifacts fall into disrepair. In the past people took pride in quality craftsmanship instead of Good Enough For Now. We are not against progress, Milford can boast of numerous technological advances. Bravery was exhibited time after time of working for the greater good. The less nobel course of action sometimes was a reliance upon political or personal connections. Rather than just be in awe of the doers or what our ancestors did 238 years ago, we hope the innovators serve as inspiration for people of today to create tomorrow's history. We encourage visitors to have the curiosity to ask questions in order to find out more about any topic. Sometimes our own beliefs should be questioned such as do we know enough about something to be able to make an informed decision. We love to share what we have discovered ourselves about Milford including interviewing those that were part of recent history. We serve the greater historic community independently of any organization over bureaucratic rules.

historic website design

This website started off to showcase one of my detail oriented website designs created to fit in with the history oriented group that it was designed for.

Milford Marble buckle
Milford marble belt buckle
Copyrights for all images have been cleared for use on this site. Most are by the author of this site augmented with public domain and anonymous contributions by others. The main photograph above illustrates balancing the conflicting ideas that were considered in presenting this website design with modern capabilities but still maintaining a look that feels appropriate for a history based website. There are no modern looking shiny buttons with fancy navigation effects but this incorporates a custom background image of an old stone wall. More features will be added once this transitions to a custom template that makes it much easier for a client to update their site themselves without needing to know the technical details. The length of the scroll on the left adjusts to accommodate the number of page links added. A carved and polished piece of marble in the shape of Milford came from an old Milford quarry. The first letter of the articles combined with non-standard old fashioned fonts make this resemble an old hand-illustrated book. The title at the top replicates the wooden plaques on wooden clapboards identifying the historic homes in Milford.

Numerous solutions were accomplished in the original creation of this site including regaining control of a website after previous webmasters didn't leave the passwords. This website had to be unscrambled from its original formatting and design dating from 2002 for editing and be free to use at our own web address. As features are added, more examples related to how they solved problems will be discussed. A client should be able to focus on running their business and the webmaster keeps up to date on the latest techniques and challenges related to being online today. The many different complex aspects to consider about a website such as how looks, functionality, reaching the public, legal issues, a consistent message and online security are intertwined. Social media such as Twitter or Facebook are separate topics that can be utilized to bring attention to people not familiar with a client.

To best address concerns it is best to have a collaborative endeavor with the client providing the necessary information about their company or organization along with the access to the technical tools so the webmaster can get positive results. The technical code and software used to create the site are open source meaning they are not exclusive to the website hosting service to make moving a site easier if needed.

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design and photographs by Daniel Ortoleva