Milford is a town located in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire. As of the 2000 census, it had a population of 13,575.
Straddling the Souhegan River, Milford separated from neighboring Amherst in 1794. Like most towns named Milford in the United States, its name comes from the fact that it grew around a mill built on a ford on the river.
Milford first grew to fame for its granite quarries, which produced a stone that was used, among other things, to make the pillars for the Treasury building in Washington, D.C. - pillars that can still be seen on the American $10 bill. Its nickname is still The Granite Town, although only one small quarry is in operation as of 2004. Like many New England riverside towns, it developed several thriving textile mills in the 19th century.
Both those industries departed by World War II, but Milford remains the commercial and retail center for surrounding towns, known as the Souhegan Valley. Major employers included the casting company Hitchiner Manufacturing and manufacturer Hendrix Wire and Cable.
Like many New England towns, Milford was a stop on the underground railroad for escaped slaves.
Web Sites and Links
Milford NH Community InternetUnofficial town website. Information on local events, clubs and organizations, services, and churches; plus business directory and local links.
Town of MilfordOfficial town website. Town departments, board meeting schedules and agendas, demographics, announcements, event calendar, and community links.
Webster: MilfordOfficial statistics and information from the New Hampshire State Library.
Zahn's Alpine Guest HouseA rustic bed and breakfast which has been built to include many details of an authentic Alpine building.