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Milford Delaware is a quaint and historic place to live, nestled in the heart of Southern Delaware and is the states 4th largest city. Integrated in the year of 1807, Milford is located in two separate counties, Sussex and Kent. Many of the homes and buildings in Milford are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The historical B&B Towers is part of Milford's exuberant history. Noteworthy occupants of The Towers in the early 19th century included poet John Lofland and one of Delaware's Governors, William Burton. The residents of this city all agree that Milford holds a perfect location. Within 100 mile radius, one can travel to the beautiful cities of Annapolis, Washington DC, Baltimore and Wilmington. In less than and hour, with Rehoboth beach, Lewes and the infamous Ocean City near by, there is sunbathing, surfing, swimming and plenty of good shopping to be had.
What one may not know is the lush history of Shipbuilding that Milford once had. In the year 1770, the famous Mispillion River, that runs through the heart of downtown Milford, was once extremely prosperous with a shipbuilding industry. Shipbuilding continued to be Milford's largest profit making business through World War 1. In 1917, the 4 masted, 174 foot long ship named Albert F. Paul was launched on the Mispillion River and later, in 1942, it was sunk by a German torpedo.
Milford is the perfect place to settle down for both the young and the old, single and married with it's many enticing city attractions. For those who love to explore history, there a three historical places to visit. The Parson Thorne Mansion, Lydia Ann B. Cannon Museum and the Milford Museum. Some of the historical treasures of these places are displays of early shipbuilding tools, theoretical accounts of ships showing Milford's amazing nautical past, silver collections of spoons, coins and many novelties. For those who love the outdoors, there is Abbott's Mill Nature Center where self guided hiking, canoe trails and a 23 acre pond await any nature lover's passion. The city also offers another place within miles to enjoy the warm summer days with biking, camping, hiking and sight seeing with the popular Killen's Pond Sate Park. For the ones who enjoy shopping, good food and a stop in the bakery to enjoy cappuccino and fresh pastries, Milford offers many great Cafe's, quaint antique stores, coffee shops and unique eateries. Nestled in the downtown area is Dolce Bakery and coffee shop, The Georgia House, (all the meals taste as if they are straight from your Grandma's kitchen), and The Victorian Lady, (A Victorian Tea room, specializing in scones, quiches and hearty salads). Other Milford Eateries that present soothing ambiances and fine dining are The Executive, (great pasta's, homemade breads, and scrumptious Prime Rib,) and Smith and Company, (Gourmet dishes, delicious appetizers and homemade soups).
Lastly, Milford Delaware is known for it's charming River walk. A delightful place to stroll with friends and family, enjoying a cup of coffee in the winter or fresh lemonade in the summer. The River walk runs along the famous Misspillion River that is approximately 15 miles long and drains in an an area of 76 square miles. This river once held seven ship yards existed that created over 600 wooden sailing ships.
This historical, charming and quaint city has something for everyone. Beauty, history, new homes with it's rapid growth over the last few years, low housing taxes, plenty of lovely, restored historical homes, friendly people, wonderful shopping, fitness centers, a great hospital, youth center, scouting, Country club and golf course and a perfect location for everything anyone could want or need.
extraordinary qualities rate high on most people's wish list. With no
state sales tax, no personal property tax, and one of the lowest
property tax rates in the nation, it certainly has its advantages to
residents. Consider the fact in Delaware, you've got lower housing costs
than most of the people in the nation. Clean air and water, great
shopping a short drive from any part of the state, beaches, bays and
beautiful parks make it the ideal place for your home. Centrally
located, Delaware is a short commute away from Philadelphia, PA,
Washington, D.C., Baltimore, MD, and other major metropolitan hubs.
Why Sussex County?
Sussex County is one of the fastest growing regions in the nation, with
gorgeous beaches, vast forests, state parks, and other attractions
minutes away. Come see why this thriving community is the perfect spot
for your home or business!